Posted October 1, 2012
Dear Parents, Guardians and Students:
The first full month of the 2012-2013 school
year has gone well as the students have adjusted to the daily grade
level routines. This school year will be one with many new
challenges facing not only students, but faculty and administrators
As you may be aware, schools in New York State
are mandated to implement a new evaluation system for teachers and
principals for the 2012-2013 school year. This is known as the
Annual Professional Performance Review, or APPR. Part of this new
process involves measuring the growth and achievement of students.
In fact, according to the law, forty percent of teacher and
principal evaluations will be comprised of student achievement data.
As we begin to develop baseline data to help
inform our instruction and to identify what students may already
know in a particular class, many classes completed pre-assessments
during the month of September and will finish in early October. The
assessments will not be factored into the student's grade-point
average or appear anywhere on a student's report card. They are
merely meant to allow us to improve instruction and the performance
of students in class.
While these assessments will not carry any
academic weight, we expect our students to take these seriously and
do their best so that we can gather the most information possible to
help our students grow and succeed.
Once again, I thank you for your continued
cooperation and support. I look forward to
seeing you soon.
D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools