Niskayuna is part of a consortium of 12 school districts led by Capital
Region BOCES that won a $399,946 to review and improve student assessment
The "Teaching is the Core" grant from the New York State Education Department will fund activities during the 2014-15 school year. The grant was one of 31 awarded statewide.
"We are excited that these districts will now have the resources to complete this important work," said Capital Region BOCES Assistant District Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Lynne Wells in announcing the grant. "Reviewing assessment practices will help ensure they support student learning to the highest degree possible."
Niskayuna is one of 12 districts in the consortium, which also includes: Cohoes, Guilderland, Mohonasen, North Colonie, Schalmont, Schoharie, Scotia-Glenville, Shenendehowa, South Colonie, Voorheesville and Watervliet. The grant calls for each district to create a local assessment review team of teachers and administrators to conduct the work. An education consultant will also provide extensive training, helping all the districts to determine the review process, what assessments to review, and to create an action plan based on their findings. Engaging parents in each district on the use of assessments is also a goal of the grant.