|The primary point of focus in Dr. James’ testimony indicated that by altering educational programs to meet the demands of state tests that have been rushed, that have an altered passing criteria, that have no research-based evidence, that they better measure a child’s college or career readiness, is a very professionally dangerous thing to do. If we, in our rush to raise scores on tests that are ill-conceived, eliminate parts of our programs that support the exit outcomes our students need to gain acceptance into the college of their choice or career path they desire, we are doing our students a disservice. Commack schools can prove with real data that we have been more than adequately preparing students for college and/or career opportunities for decades, with significant increases in that regard over the last several years. Our record speaks for itself; It is clear our program prepares all students for high levels of achievement.
Senate Education CommitteeIn his testimony and accompanying report to the Senate Education Committee, Dr. James said, “I believe we stand at the precipice of doing significant damage to our schools if we allow the continued, unfettered implementation of narrowly developed and focused standardized assessments. These assessments do not support our mission to provide a well-rounded education so that every child can develop the skills and acquire the knowledge necessary to be successful in whatever they choose to do after high school.” You can see a video clip of Dr. James’ testimony by clicking the link above. If you would like to read the entire testimony, please click the link below.
As always, in addition to providing a sound academic program at every level, there are a great deal of new and innovative things happening in our schools. We are hopeful that you will have the time to attend school events to learn about these innovations. Know, too, that we will continue to send information about school happenings as the year unfolds. Again, welcome back and know that we wish you, your families and especially your children much success.