Sunday, April 23, 2017

April ESSA Think Tank Update



On April 20, I attended the New York State ESSA Think Tank meeting, where the beginnings of the state plan to be submitted to the federal government are beginning to take shape.  We listened to a presentation by the Center for Assessment, who also presented to the New York State Board of Regents on April 4th.  The plan is not complete, nor is anything about it writ in stone.  What was presented is what New York State is CONSIDERING putting into the plan.  It is our opportunity- parents, teachers, along with the Board of Regents to view what is being developed and input our considerations before the final draft is submitted to the federal government.  The information can be found on the NYSED Regents website.  The part I will be looking at here will focus on assessments.

There are three Tiers of Assessment being considered. 
·      Tier I is required by the state and is used for federal accountability.
·      Tier II is state- reported and are to be used for diagnosis and school improvement.  Some of the assessments in Tier II may be moved to Tier I eventually.
·      Tier III indicators are state supported measurements that local schools can use to inform practice.

I have listed below how Tier I is further broken down into high school and K-8 measurements (possibly middle school may also end being differentiated) as a very broad over view.  Tiers II and III have additional information on the website.

Measurements Under Consideration For High School, Tier I
1.     Achievement Index
a.     Social Studies
b.     Science
2.     School Academic Progress
a.     ELA
b.     Math
3.     English Language Proficiency
4.     Graduation Rates
a.     4 year adjusted cohort rate
b.     5 year adjusted cohort rate
c.     6 year adjusted cohort rate
5.     Postsecondary Readiness
a.     College Readiness
b.     Career Readiness
c.     Civic Engagement and Literacy

Measurements Under Consideration For K-8 schools, Tier I
1.     Achievement Index
a.     Social Studies
b.     Science
2.     School Academic Progress
a.     ELA
b.     Math
3.     Student Growth
a.     ELA Grades 4-8
b.     Math Grades 4-8
4.     English Language Proficiency
5.     Chronic Absenteeism


How do you feel about this? Do you think absenteeism should be an indicator at high school?  Do you think Social Studies and Science should be weighted as much as ELA and Math? Make your voice heard!


Public hearings will be in May and June, or you will be able to comment in email or mail.  Please contact me if you would like to be a part of the Liverpool Central School District ESSA Think Tank.  We will meet in May to develop a unified response to the proposed New York State Plan. Make sure your voice is heard!