Southold BOE to endorse letter to Gov. Cuomo, Commissioner King

12/18/2013 4:00 PM |
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg during a recent public meeting on Common Core.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON FILE PHOTO | Southold School District Superintendent David Gamberg during a recent public meeting on Common Core.

Southold school board members are expected to vote Wednesday night on a resolution to endorse a letter sent last month by the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state Education Department Commissioner John King.

The Nov. 8 letter urged Mr. King and Gov. Cuomo to slow down the implementation of new exams, reduce “over testing,” eliminate duplicate testing and reevaluate the relationship between student test stores, annual professional performance reviews and teachers’ scores. The letter also discussed the Common Core and alternatives to the implementation of statewide computerized testing.

In August, Southold school board members approved a resolution calling on state and federal officials to overhaul the current method of standardized testing tied to teacher evaluations.

As part of Wednesday’s resolution, Southold school board members will vote to approve sending a follow-up letter of endorsement to Gov. Cuomo and Mr. King regarding the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association’s letter.

The follow-up letter will be signed by Southold Superintendent David Gamberg, Southold school board president Paulette Ofrias and PTA President Jennifer Conway.

Mattituck school board members passed a similar resolution at their Dec. 12 regular meeting.

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Southold BOE Dec. 18 agenda

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