In a memo released yesterday, the Board of Regents announced changes made to address concerns raised over implementation of the Common Core Standards and teacher/principal evaluations. Emergency regulations were adopted to help school districts and BOCES reduce the amount of local testing used; the minimum amount "necessary to inform effective decision-making" was the focus.
The emergency regulations include the following:
- Expedited APPR review: if districts want to make changes to their APPR plans regarding the elimination of unnecessary testing for APPR purposes, the review of those portions of the plan will be expedited.
- Core subject areas: for the State Growth or Other Comparable Measures component, 6th-8th grade social studies and 6th-7th grade science are no longer considered core subject areas. Core subject areas are now defined as 8th grade science and high school ELA, math, science, and social studies that lead to a Regents exam in the 2010-2011 school year, or a State assessment in the 2012-2013 school year or thereafter.
- Use of standardized third party assessments in K-2nd grade: effective March 2, 2014, no APPR plan for the 2014-2015 school year or after will be approved that includes standardized third party or vendor assessments in grades K-2.
- Certifying instructional time: any plans submitted for the 2014-2015 school year or thereafter must include signed certification by the superintendent, district superintendent, or chancellor that attests that no more than 1% of total instructional time in every classroom is spent on assessments for APPR purposes. This does not include assessments used for formative or diagnostic purposes.
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