State Grant Won to Review Assessment Practices

A consortium of 14 school districts led by Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES has won $393,966 to review and improve student assessment practices.

The “Teaching is the Core” grant from the New York State Education Department will fund activities from Sept. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. The grant was one of 31 awarded statewide.

“We are very excited that our districts have this opportunity to review assessments,” said HFM BOCES Deputy Superintendent Dr. Lorraine Hohenforst. “The process is intended to help improve the instructional programs in our schools and ensure that student learning is supported to the highest degree.”

Fourteen districts are part of the consortium: Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth, Canajoharie, Edinburg, Fonda-Fultonville, Fort Plain, Gloversville, Johnstown, Lake Pleasant, Mayfield, Northville, Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville, Wells, and Wheelerville.

Each district will 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.

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