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CLCS board briefed on state’s efforts to measure performance

June 6, 2012
By DAVE O’CONNOR - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

MAYVILLE - Something called a "test security unit" which would "aggressively police unethical practices" may be in the future for New York's public schools, the Chautauqua Lake Central School District Board of Education was informed at the board's meeting Wednesday, May 23.

Superintendent Benjamin Spitzer told board members of the proposal and also that schools may be forced to designate a local school "Integrity Officer"

These are but two of Albany's current effort to enforce various performance measurements in Empire State public schools, according to the superintendent.

The state's educational bureaucracy has struggled with implementing a workable set of policies which can be relied on to competently judge teacher and principal performance, so-called "student learning outcomes" and other measures of effectiveness.

Ironically, Supernatant Spitzer related, the state's own Office of Assessment has been found wanting and changes in that office are underway.

The board heard two presentations: One about a summer program for the improvement of students diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder given by Peggy Erickson, and the second about Special Ed for the coming school year by Shelly Walsh.

The school board also discussed the recently approved budget for the next school year and noted that clerical staff and music education have been cut back to further save costs.

In other matters: Tenure was approved for Ashley Hasson, Special Education teacher and Cindy Davenport, School Psychologist.

The resignation of Wendy Akin, a "Typist II", was okayed.

Michael Cummings was approved as instructor for Driver Ed this summer.



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