Teach More, Test Less: Testing Transparency Report

  • Based on the concerns conveyed to the Commissioner surrounding the use of assessments, and in accordance with Section 1 of Subpart F of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2014, the Commissioner directed the Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness to review each district’s and BOCES’ APPR plan to identify opportunities for local action to ensure the minimum assessments necessary are used to inform effective decision making. The Department encourages leaders to use the Testing Transparency Report to help review their currently approved APPR plan to identify modifications that would be approvable by the Department and result in less testing for students. The Department has consistently communicated that the amount of testing should be the minimum necessary to inform effective decision-making at the classroom, school, district and BOCES level.

    The Testing Transparency Reports for Bolivar-Richburg CSD is posted below.

    The Department has prepared an FAQ Document entitled “Teach More, Test Less: Testing Transparency Reports FAQ” to accompany the release of these Testing Transparency Reports, available at: https://www.engageny.org/resource/guidance-on-the-approved-regulatory-amendments-to-appr-to-help-reduce-local-testing. NYSED has also prepared resources to guide the development of APPR plans. Please visit https://www.engageny.org/resource/appr-planning.

    Districts that need and/or want to make material changes to their APPR plans to reduce testing should contact the Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness by emailing educatoreval@mail.nysed.gov.