Rhinebeck Discusses Regents Reform with Commissioner King
The members of the Rhinebeck Central School District's Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools have been engaged in ongoing study and dialogue regarding many of the issues that have arisen from the Reform Initiative that has been adopted by the New York State Board of Regents for implementation by the State Education Department and, through their directive, by local school districts across the State.
There has been much discussion and debate statewide on these related topics. The topics include, but are not limited to, the teaching of curricula required to support students’ achievement of the new Common Core standards, the testing of students on curricula related to the Common Core standards, the standardized testing of students as a component of the system for the evaluation of teachers and administrators in each school and school district, and the storage, availability, confidentiality, and safety of student data. These are important issues that impact students, parents, teachers, and school administrators alike. They generate serious concerns that require informed reflection, careful consideration, civil and respectful discourse, and deliberate action at all levels of governance, with the best interests of students, staff and communities in mind.
In December, Commissioner King released an update on the status of various aspects of the Regents Reform Initiative, entitled "Reflections on the Core," to the State's school superintendents. With that letter as catalyst and counterpoint, the Rhinebeck Central School District Board of Education and Superintendent, after much serious discussion and deliberation, have documented their collective thoughts to date on the Regents Reform Initiative. A letter reflecting these thoughts has been sent to State Education Commissioner Dr. John King, Ms. Meryl Tisch, Chancellor of the NYS Board of Regents, and the members of the Board of Regents. The letter also was copied to Senator Terry Gipson, and Assemblypersons Didi Barrett and Kevin Cahill, those elected State officials who represent the school district's residents.
Commissioner King's letter, and the letter from the Rhinebeck's Board of Education and Superintendent, both are available by accessing the links immediately below. Members of the school district community are encouraged to maintain an interest in these issues, to stay informed through the media, through the school district’s web site, and through other information outlets, and to share their thoughts with elected State officials, with members of the Board of Regents, and with local Board of Education members and Superintendent.