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January 10, 2014
I would like to thank everyone who came out last night for the ELA information session. I would also like to thank the PTA for organizing the session, and of course, for the generous refreshments! As promised below is some of the information you asked for last night. If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.
For information on Lexile ® reading levels:
| K–1|| N/A||N/A|
| 2–3|| 450L–725L||420L–820L|
| 4–5|| 645L–845L||740L–1010L|
Your child can get an individual Lexile ® reading level after completing the reading assessment at
https://test.edperformance.com/Adaptive.Our Schools site is, 24-8724-72345. The password your child may use to log on is their OSIS #, or student ID (you can find this on their student schedule). Remember, once they complete the reading assessment they will then have to ask their ELA teacher to look up their results.
To access our Pearson Digital resources, please visit https://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com/snpapp/login/PsnLandingPage.jsp?showLandingPage=trueand log in using the user name and password provided to your child by his/her ELA teacher. _____________________
A letter from...
Community Education Council District 31
January 6, 2014
First let me say that -- regretfully -- we are cancelling tonight’s scheduled CEC meetings dueto the expected severe temperature drop and weather predictions for this evening. The safety of our constituents is our upmost concern and we can always hold our meetings on another date.
Secondly, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. In the last few days I have received phone calls and emails commenting on our new chancellor, Carmen Farina. As usual, areas of concern are Common Core, testing and teachers’ evaluations. One concern is that Chancellor Farina’s statements are backing away from many of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign promises. Some parents are skeptical that there will be any meaningful changes in our public schools. It is as though people were expecting to see flames from Tweed’s windows and the current administration standing on unemployment lines while witnessing a complete and 100% reversal of Bloomberg polices. I would like to take a moment and share some of my thoughts regarding our new chancellor and some of the issues.
After all, it’s only been five days. As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day and it will take more than five days to determine if our new chancellor is prevailing. Her success cannot be measured in days and weeks but rather months and years. The most difficult decisions Chancellor Farina will have to make are which Bloomberg policies to keep, which ones need to be modified and which policies need to be ended – if any. The reality is that Mayor Bloomberg caused many good accomplishments in NYC public schools. To me, the problem was not the actual Bloomberg policies as much as it was his my-way-or-the-highway implementation, with little consideration for stakeholders.
As many of you know, I have two children. My children are in 8th and 6th grades, and the only Department of Education I have ever known has been during the Bloomberg administration and for many of those years I have been serving on CEC 31. Like many of you, I was looking forward to having a new chancellor and some changes in policies. Now that time is upon us, and I would like to share my feelings on Common Core, testing and teacher evaluations from the perspective of a CEC member and parent.
I believe that Common Core is here to stay. As a parent I welcome a more challenging and rigorous education for my children. I believe the push to eliminate Common Core will be unsuccessful and even if Common Core were to be replaced it would only be with a similar curriculum under a different name. So for me, the goal is not to eliminate Common Core, the goal is to implement it correctly and properly prepare students, parents and teachers for a new level of accountability.
Next on the list is testing or “high stakes” testing. The fact is that NYC receives funds from New York State and the Federal government that is used to educate our children, and for that reason we must test. Both the state and the Federal government want accountability for their money. Testing will not go away. However, a recent comment made by Chancellor Farina to GothamSchools.com gives me hope:
“The chancellor suggested that students will continue to take many of the same standardized tests, most of which are mandated by state and federal law, but that the city may rely less on the scores when making important decisions, such as school and teacher ratings and student promotion.”
To me this represents a huge opportunity for testing relief. Students have always been tested. I was tested when I was a child and I am sure you were tested too. But I don’t seem to remember the same conversation about testing then as we hear now. Why? Where did the term “high stakes testing” come from? I believe this came about when the Bloomberg administration decided to use to use test results as the sole source of promotional criteria and for school and teacher evaluations. I attended a Catholic school where promotion was based on school tests and an overall evaluation of student performance. Mandated testing was used to determine if districts and schools measured up to the task of educating students. It seems that new Chancellor Farina is thinking of removing the “high stakes” from testing. This can be a very good thing as long as we don’t revert to the failed social promotion policies that contributed to school stagnation for many years.
How to handle teacher evaluations? Many are concerned that teacher evaluations will be watered-down. I can’t say. I believe everyone recognizes and accepts that some method of evaluating a teacher’s performance is needed. One problem is that teachers don’t control the home lives of their students, which greatly affects student test performance. So using only test results for evaluating teachers could be just as unfair as using only test results for promoting students.
I am not asking for parent veto-power on education decisions but it is clear that parents have their children’s needs foremost in their minds and hearts. If we can figure out what is best for our children then we will be able to find a way to reverse-engineer solutions for Common Core, student promotions, teacher evaluations and other problems that have plagued our schools for generations.
If I were able to make one suggestion to Chancellor Farina, it would be that parents are the missing link for educational success in New York City. Parents deserve a seat at the table – it’s an idea whose time has come.
715 Ocean Terrace, Staten Island, New York 10301 Website: www.CEC31.org
Phone: 718-420-5746 w Fax: 718-420-5745 E-Mail: CEC31@schools.nyc.gov
The NYC Department f Education is celebrating teacher excellence through
Big Apple Awards.
All community members are invited to nominate current, full-time teachers
who have demonstrated exceptional impact on student learning, in their
instructional practice, and in their professional contributions to their school communities.
Nominations are due by January 17th. For more information, visit
Big Apple Awards website @ http://hphsnyc.net/?p=1127
Parent Teacher Conferences
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
(& 8th grade re-takes)
Nov. 14, 2013