After years of research and stakeholder input, the New York State Board of Regents recently approved the Next Generation standards for English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.
The standards “maintain academic rigor while also introducing more developmentally appropriate expectations and practices,” according to the Board of Regents.
The new standards were developed after a two-year review of the recently adopted Common Core standards and reflect input from parents, teachers, and administrators across New York.
Area students, teachers and administrators participated in a series of meetings last spring that helped shape the Next Generation standards.
The adoption comes only weeks after the state Education Department released grades 3-8 assessment data showing BKW’s 2017 ELA and Math proficiency levels are above most of our neighboring districts (source: https://data.nysed.gov/lists.php?type=school) .
- BKW 37%
- CRCS 33%
- Duanesburg 28%
- Middleburgh 33%
- Schoharie 27%
- Sharon Springs 31%
- Schoharie County average 31%
- Albany County average 41%
- NYS average 39%
- BKW 35%
- CRCS 25%
- Duanesburg 36%
- Middleburgh 32%
- Schoharie 29%
- Sharon Springs 27%
- Albany County average 40%
- Schoharie County average 27%
- NYS average 40%
“Although a change in standards could be seen as difficult, the process of including many stakeholders in developing the standards and implementing them in a meaningful timeline is refreshing. As a result, we are confident that during the transition we will be able to continue to see student academic growth,” said Superintendent Dr. Timothy Mundell.
The implementation timeline for the new Next Generation standards allows significant time for professional development and curriculum alignment:
- September 2017: Adoption of Next Generation Standards
- 2017-2018 School Year: Two-day assessments measuring the current standards; professional development on Next Generation Standards;
- 2018-2019 School Year: Two-day assessments measuring the current standards; professional development continues on the Next Generation Standards;
- 2019-2020 School Year: Two-day assessments measuring the current standards; professional development continues on the Next Generation Standards;
- September 2020: Full implementation of the Next Generation Standards;
- Spring 2021: New tests measuring Next Generation Standards.
BKW’s faculty and administrative team have been reviewing the new standards and will work closely with SED to ensure a smooth, district-level, transition from Common Core standards to Next Generation standards.
For more information on the Next Generation standards, please visit NYSED’s website at http://www.nysed.gov/next-generation-learning-standards.