•  For the past six months, our Board of Education has been working diligently to understand and define the community's stance on issues related to Common Core and standardized testing.  After careful and thorough examination of these topics, along with hearing passionate public comment from parents, students, and educators, the Board took action by authorizing a Resolution to clearly define its stance and guide its approach to Common Core and standardized testing. 

    The following Resolution was passed unanimously by the ECSD Board of Education on Thursday, January 14, 2016:

    A RESOLUTION OF THE ELDRED CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION REGARDING THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS AND HIGH-STAKES STANDARDIZED TESTING, AND IN SUPPORT OF LOCAL CONTROL OF PUBLIC EDUCATION

    WHEREAS, the purpose of education is not solely to prepare students for college and career success, but to educate a populace of creative and critical thinkers who are capable of shaping a just and equitable society and leading good and purpose-filled lives; and

    WHEREAS, our nation’s school systems have been spending growing amounts of time, money and energy on high-stakes standardized testing, in which test scores are used to make major decisions affecting individual students, educators and schools; and

    WHEREAS, the over-reliance on high-stakes standardized testing in state and federal accountability systems is undermining educational quality and equity by hampering educators' efforts to focus on the broad range of learning experiences that promote innovation, creativity, problem solving, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and deep subject-matter knowledge; and

    WHEREAS, the over-emphasis on standardized testing has caused considerable collateral damage in too many schools, including narrowing the curriculum, teaching to the test, reducing love of learning, pushing students out of school, driving excellent teachers out of the profession and undermining school climate; and

    WHEREAS, standardized test fail to measure the most important qualities schools should seek to develop in students, such as relationships, character, ethical development, critical thinking, persistence, imagination, insight and collaboration; and

    WHEREAS, the commitment of substatial resources to testing diverts thos same resources from the educational needs of students including the arts, music, other non-tested subjects, the challenges of special needs students and English language learners, moral and ethical development, social and emotional development practical and workplace skills, project-based, authentic learning opportunities, attention to contemporary cultural and social concerns and deep exploration of subject matters, therefore be it

    RESOLVED, that the Eldred Central School District will emphasize District measures of teacher effectiveness over State measures and standardized test scores, to the degree allowed by law; and be it further 

    RESOLVED, that the Eldred Central School District will emphasize District measures of authentic student progress and engagement over State measures and standardized test scores, and will not use state assessment scores beyond what state and federal law requires; and be it further

    RESOLVED, that the Eldred Central School District will evaluate the Common Core curriculum standards to determine which are not developmentally appropriate for our students and minimize their impact on our teaching and learning; and be it further

    RESOLVED, that the Eldred Central School District will emphasize a curriculum rich in all areas of education including but not limited to music, art, science, social studies and foreign languages, and will actively work to prevent a narrowing of our educational standards to match those of the Common Core; and be it further

    RESOLVED, that the Eldred Central School District will align all student, teacher and classroom schedules to our core values, as described above; and be it further

    RESOLVED, that the Eldred Central School District Board of Education calls on Governor Andrew Cuomo, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, the State Legislature and the Board of Regents to re-examine public school accountability systems in New York State, and to develop a system which uses multiple measures and does not require extensive standardized testing, more accurately reflects the broad range of student learning, and is used to support students and improve schools; and be it further

    RESOLVED, that the Eldred Central School District Board of Education calls on President Barack Obama, Acting Secretary of Education John King and the United States Congress to overhaul the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Every Student Succeeds Act), eliminate testing mandates, promote multiple forms of evidence of student learning and school quality in accountability systems and not mandate any fixed role for the use of student test scores in evaluating educators; and be it finally

    RESOLVED, that the Eldred Central School District Board of Education shall promulgate any necessary policies, procedures and guideline to implement this resolution.

    Dated:  January 14, 2016

    ELDRED CENTRAL SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION

    __________________________________ Douglas Reiser, President


    __________________________________ Amador Laput, Vice President


    __________________________________ Linda Bohs, Member


    __________________________________ Carol Bliefernich, Member


    __________________________________ Brian Siegel, Member


Last Modified on July 19, 2017