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BOCES 2 and the "Teaching is the Core" grant

Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES was selected as a grant recipient under New York State’s “Teaching is the Core” initiative. The grants, funded through New York’s federal Race to the Top grant, support applicants in their efforts to eliminate locally adopted tests that do not contribute to teaching and learning. In addition, these funds 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.

As a consortium, Monroe 2 BOCES and its districts work together to review all current assessments and ensure that all district assessments are used to inform instruction. The "Teaching is the Core" grant also provides professional development to districts using the expertise of Giselle Martin-Kniep, and Learner-Centered Initiatives. Targeted professional development helps local teachers and administrators identify high quality assessment practices and gives them the tools needed to develop performance-based assessments to best meet district and student needs.

“High quality assessments are an integral part of teaching and learning,” State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. said, after awarding the grant to Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES. “They provide useful feedback to teachers, parents and students. At the state level, we haven’t increased the number of tests we administer, and virtually all of the tests we give are required by federal law. Unfortunately, due to various pressures at the federal, state and local level, testing has increased in many districts in ways that do not always support good instruction and sometimes even crowd out time for student learning. Testing should be the minimum necessary to inform effective decision-making in classrooms, schools and districts. 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.”

For the full list of grant recipients and to view the NYSED release about the grants, click here.

For more information on the Teaching is the Core Program and other State Education Department programs funded through Race to the Top, click here.


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Related Links
  • Webinar Series: The Assessment Review Process Part 1
    This webinar is the first in the Teaching is the Core Assessment Literacy series. The webinar, led by international classroom assessment expert Dr. Sue Brookhart, focuses on fundamentals of assessment review, including validity, reliability, and the use of assessments to inform instruction and support learning goals.

  • Webinar Series: The Assessment Review Process Part 2
    This webinar is the second in the Teaching is the Core Assessment Literacy series. The webinar, led by international classroom assessment expert Dr. Sue Brookhart, focuses on how to use performance assessment, including tasks and rubrics.

  • Webinar Series: The Assessment Review Process Part 3
    This webinar is the third in the Teaching is the Core Assessment Literacy series. The webinar focuses on test construction, including test blueprints, linking item performance to learning objectives, and item writing.

  • Webinar Series: The Assessment Review Process Part 4
    This webinar is the fourth in the Teaching is the Core Assessment Literacy series. The webinar focuses on how districts may focus their action plans and professional development for the grant period.

  • Webinar Series: The Assessment Review Process Part 5
    This webinar is the fifth in the Teaching is the Core Assessment Literacy series. The webinar focuses on the following learning outcomes:

    - Participants will learn to create (or select and adapt rubrics) that match intended learning outcomes. - Participants will learn to check for consistency among scorers. - Participants will learn to use checklists, rating scales, and point schemes for special purposes.

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