Abraham: No new tests needed

M ore testing — for teachers, that is. It’s one of a few initiatives Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently mentioned in his State of the State address.

Thomas Abraham, Hartford Superintendent, expressed his hesitancy toward Cuomo’s suggestions during a school board meeting Monday night.

One of Cuomo’s ideas would require teachers to pass a bar-type exam in order to receive their certification.

“Apparently he’s not aware of the testing that already goes on,” Abraham said, adding that if such a plan passed, the state would probably add such requirements to an already mounting pile. Abraham also pointed out that exam results, for students and teachers alike, don’t tell the whole story.

“Someone who does well on a test doesn’t necessarily do well in the classroom, and sometimes the state doesn’t understand that,” Abraham said.

Additionally, he said Cuomo is opposed to all teachers being paid the same amount. The governor suggested a four-year annual stipend of $15,000 to reward teachers who excel.

Abraham found several faults with this proposal. He first questioned where this extra funding would come from, as many schools across the state are already in dire straits. Secondly, he wondered what would happen after four years, “would they not excel anymore?”

“I have no problem with merit pay, but there’s resistance to it, because people worry that it would become a subjective process,” Abraham said.

During the meeting, Andrew Cook, middle and high school principal, said the faculty will be sending their ungraded Regents exams to Fort Edward for correction and will be grading other schools’ tests in turn. Cook has organized this process with a number of area schools in order to prepare for upcoming mandates which will ban teachers from correcting their own student’s tests.

Janine Thomas, a board of education member, questioned the benefits of this regulation, as it would remove an opportunity for teachers to see areas in which their own students need to improve.

Abraham is neither surprised nor enthusiastic about this mandate.

“The rest of the state is being punished for what big cities are doing, which is cheating,” he said.

Abraham also informed the board about the newest safety measures at the school. Magnetic locks have been installed, and administration is also looking at electronic swipe cards for all of the staff. This would provide further security as everyone’s coming and going would be monitored.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

North Country Freepress – 09/21/18

FreePress_9_21_18.pdf-web.pdf

Lakes Region Freepress – 09/21/18

lakes_9_21_18.pdf-web.pdf

518 Wheels – 09/20/18

518 Wheels 9_21_18.pdf-web.pdf

Bomb squad called to Granville village

bomb3

By Krystle S. Morey Mettowee Street was abuzz with law enforcement activity Sunday afternoon. “They found a grenade,” said Granville […]

Safety officers take to school hallways

DSC_0089

By Krystle S. Morey and Matthew Saari   A new school year has begun, and with it comes a new […]

Dresden firemen seek more funds

Dresden 2017

By Matthew Saari The firemen in Dresden are seeking a budget increase – potentially the first in 15 years. Members […]

Sasquatch Calling Festival returns Sept. 29

sasquatch, bigfoot

By Matthew Saari The hills and vales of the bucolic Whitehall countryside will be resonating with the deep, sonorous calls […]

North Country Freepress – 09/14/18

FreePress_9_14_18.pdf-web.pdf

Lakes Region Freepress – 09/14/18

Lakes_9_14_18.pdf-web.pdf

518 Wheels – 09/13/18

518 Wheels 9_14_18.pdf-web.pdf

Village debates, OKs pig farm

DSC_0923

By Matthew Saari Whitehall trustees had to roll out extra chairs last Thursday to accommodate everyone interested in the proposed […]

Manchester Wood closes Sunday

manchester wood building mug

By Krystle S. Morey This is Manchester Wood’s “official” last week of business. Its last day is set for Sunday, […]