Cato-Meridian Central School District
2851 Route 370
Cato, NY 13033
Student Assessments Under Review At Cato-Meridian CSD
A state grant focused on improving the quality of educational assessments has been awarded to Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES on behalf of its nine component school districts, which includes the Cato-Meridian Central School District.
Designed to review and improve student assessment practices while eliminating locally adopted tests that do not contribute to learning and teaching, the “Teaching is the Core” (TITC) grant will enable district leaders to throughout the 2014-15 school year work with members of BOCES’ Professional Development Unit in the examination and modification of assessments.
Throughout the one-year project, a District Assessment Team comprised of specially-trained administrators and staff will work with a Data Driven Instruction (DDI) Coordinator to determine whether existing assessments are rigorous and comparable, inform instruction, support learning goals, and utilize a diverse set of assessment techniques.
Based on the audit, the team will develop a district action plan that will retain, reject or modify existing assessments and will include specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals. The DDI Coordinator will work with the team to ensure the action plan is unique to the district’s needs.
The project is expected to reduce the number of assessments students must take while increasing each assessment’s value to teachers and administrators as a tool to inform instruction.
TITC grant awardees included 25 BOCES representing 257 school districts, four large city school districts (Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, and Yonkers) and two additional school district consortia (Binghamton CSD and Williamsville CSD).
The $280,110 grant is being funded through federal Race to the Top resources.