Assessment & Testing Transparency Reporting
Cheektowaga-Sloan's Assessment Initiative
In response to the local feedback regarding the excessive use of assessment for district accountability and annual professional review of teachers and principals, the Cheektowaga-Sloan Union Free School District has made considerable strides to ensure a valid, reliable, and fair assessment system for our students and teachers. Our goal has been to ensure that every assessment developed in the district will have purpose and drive our decisions about teaching and learning to ensure that every student receives a quality education.
The District has developed a plan to ensure that more time is being spent in the classroom teaching, and less time assessing. As a result, the following goals were identified as driving forces behind district and building level planning:
- GOAL #1: Decrease the number of assessments in the classroom
- GOAL #2: Align all locally developed assessments to the rigor of the NYS Exams and Regents
- GOAL #3: Use interim or benchmark assessments to progress monitor students and make instructional decisions based on real time student data
- GOAL #4: Build educators’ skills for using a variety of data sets to have informed discussions about the whole child.
Click here to read more about this initiative.
NYSED Testing Transparency Reporting
Due to concerns identified by the Commissioner of Education for New York State surrounding the use of assessment in accordance with Section 1 of Subpart F of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2014, the Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness has reviewed each district's APPR plan to identify opportunities for local action to reduce testing. Below is a link to the District's current Testing Transparency Report: