Teaching is the Core Grant
New York State Educational Department recently awarded “Teaching is the Core” grants funded through Federal Race to the Top resources.
Through this grant, Wayne-Finger Lakes (W-FL) BOCES has been awarded $396,795. The “Teaching is the Core” grant will support recipients in their efforts to eliminate locally adopted tests that do not contribute to teaching and learning. In addition, these funds will help districts and district consortia identify and improve high-quality assessments already in use that can be included as a component of multiple measures of student learning and school and educator effectiveness.
“High-quality assessments are an integral part of teaching and learning,” stated State Education Commissioner John B. King. “They provide useful feedback to teachers, parents, and students. These grants will help reduce non-essential local testing in hundreds of school districts across the state. And, more important, they’ll help teachers teach more and test less, which is exactly what our students need.”
The following districts in the Wayne-Finger Lakes region were included in the grant application: Bloomfield, Geneva, Gorham-Middlesex, North Rose-Wolcott, Palmyra-Macedon, Penn Yan, Red Creek, Seneca Falls, Victor, and Williamson. While these districts will be directly impacted by the grant, all districts in the Wayne-Finger Lakes region will benefit from the work that will be done by the W-FL Regional Assessment Service.
“We are very excited to be the recipients of the ‘Teaching is the Core’ grant,” said Scott Bischoping, District Superintendent of Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES. “The districts and teachers that are part of the Wayne–Finger Lakes grant consortium will be able to improve their understanding and use of student assessment information as a result of this funding. We look forward to the ultimate impact on student learning.”
For more information about this grant, or Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, please visit www.wflboces.org
Step I: Complete an assessment inventory of diagnostic and summative assessments (see file attached below).
Step II-III: Development of an Action Plan for modifying, eliminating, or creating assessments (see Action Plan below)