It’s that time of year again – the time of year when we consider and debate the value and importance of statewide testing for our students in grades three through eight. Each year, before these exams are administered, the New York State Education Department provides the public with information as to why these tests are crucial. In opposition to this, families who do not wish for their children to sit for these exams notify school administrators of their intentions to “opt out.” As superintendent, I interpret all of these signals through the lens of “doing what is good for kids” and re-emphasize why student assessment can be a contributing factor towards successful learning and teaching. Assessment can (and should) provide the benefits of feedback to teachers for improved classroom practice and increased learning for students.

From the perspective of improving classroom practices, our instructional staff in the South Orangetown Central School District use student test data from the Grades 3-8 New York State Assessments to… Continue reading Dr. Pritchard’s “2018 Grade 3-8 New York State Assessments” post.