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NY State Education Department leaders visit Monticello

March 2, 2012

Superintendent Daniel Teplesky with NYSED officialsMonticello School District faculty and staff were given the rare opportunity to talk directly to two state-level policy makers. As part of the February 17 district-wide conference day, NYSED Deputy Commissioner Ken Slentz and USNY Regents Research Fund Senior Fellow Kate Gerson gave a straightforward presentation that included information about the new teacher evaluations and the Common Core State Standards.

Asking the tough questions

At the end of the two-part presentation, participants had the chance to ask some difficult questions to the NY State duo. One staff member asked if there would be consistency and continuity with the new teacher evaluation system.

Mr. Slentz replied, “I cannot imagine moving away from a system that allows teachers and administrators to improve.”

Although he did indicate that there would be a conscientious “tweaking” of the process toward optimum effectiveness during its implementation.

The overall mood in Monticello’s packed auditorium was upbeat, yet many in the room wanted assurance from the officials that there would be continued analysis and reflection at the state level of the proposed changes.

CLICK HERE for coverage of this story in the Times Herald-Record titled, "Teachers get lesson on new standards: Common Core sets new goals in English, math. (2/24/12)

Photo: Monticello Superintendent of Schools Daniel A. Teplesky is flanked by NYSED Deputy Commissioner Ken Slentz and USNY Regents Research Fund Senior Fellow Kate Gerson.