NYSUT Alert from Vice President Fortino - SED ELA and Math Standards Review Committee; Invitation to Participate
This is an updated link http://www.nysed.gov/aimhighny to an invitation from Commissioner Elia seeking interested teachers to apply to serve on SED's ELA and math standards review committees. Please share this information with your members and urge interested members to apply for this important work. Participating teachers will be asked to secure release time and will be reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses for their work in reviewing and revising state standards. The state has committed to standards review as part of the overhaul of standards and assessments that NYSUT called for in concert with parents.
NYSUT remains vigilant in insisting that the state's overhaul of assessments and standards be meaningful and open-ended. Toward that end, we successfully pressed SED last week to alter the original specifications of this invitation to remove length of service restrictions; amend a requirement for principal recommendation to one of principal support for release time; and ensure NYSUT is included on the list of relevant professional organizations. Additionally, we have emphasized that our members' professional deliberations must not be circumscribed in any way or directed to a pre-determined outcome. While it is essential that New York's teachers lead the way in establishing these new developmentally appropriate standards, please know that we will continue to monitor SED's processes to ensure they facilitate the significant changes called for by the Governor's Common Core Task Force.