Time for learning

Monday, April 16th, 2012 at 11:27 am by

Last month the Council sent the members of the State Board of Regents a white paper on regulatory actions they could take to give schools additional flexibility to support raising student achievement.

The paper was drafted by the Council’s Executive Director, Robert Reidy, with input from Council leaders, former superintendents, and Council staff.

The thrust of the recommendations is to give schools more flexibility in the use of their most finite resource – time with students.

Examples of recommendations include:

…Substituting demonstration of competence by students for completion of seat time requirements.

…Allowing schools more flexibility to construct middle level programs around student needs, rather than specific course unit requirements.

…Giving schools greater opportunity to integrate instruction, allowing students to earn credit in multiple content areas at once, while maintaining requirements for total units and instructional time.

… Allowing students to participate in Career and Technical Education programs offered by Boards of Cooperative Educational Services for all four years of high school, and to substitute passage of an approved CTE assessment for one of the five regents Exams now required for a high school diploma (but not English or Math).

…Studying the flexibility now granted to charter schools to decide what aspects should be extended to district schools.

…Realigning some teacher certification areas.

…Allowing professional development days conducted during the last two weeks in August to count toward the 180 “session days” required for state aid purposes (Note:  under current law, schools make count up to four superintendent’s conference days toward the 180 day requirement, but all must be done within the regular school year).

…Tying some of the new flexibility to satisfying accountability requirements consistent with New York’s No Child Left Behind Act flexibility request to Washington.

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