Superintendent Pero on Common Core Assessments
April 10, 2014
Over the past two years, the practice of educating our children has changed considerably. The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) made changes relative to the adoption of Common Core Learning Standards, Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR), The Dignity Act, introduction of a Tax Levy Cap, and the list goes on. In the midst of this era of rapid, relentless change, almost simultaneously, the Pittsford Central School District (PCSD) remains steadfast in its belief that certain things should not change. In particular, our collective sense of always doing what is best for children, continuous improvement, focus on stakeholder collaboration, and our sincere appreciation of our community are tops on that list of things we are proud of – these are the things that distinguish PCSD, and that we feel must not change.
This past week, our students in grades 3-8 completed the NYSED English Language Arts (ELA) assessments. Although NYSED has been administering these exams for many years, this is the second year of assessments based on the new Common Core Learning Standards. Last school year, during the initial year of Common Core, our students performed among the best in the state. Their exceptional performance was not because our teachers “taught to the test;” rather, it was because our teachers taught engaging lessons and continued their practice of paying attention to the whole child. We are proud of this – and this practice will not change.
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