To provide a leadership role in identifying, cataloging, and modeling best practices in the analysis and use of data for New York schools.
To assist schools in understanding performance assessments in order to effect changes in curriculum and instruction to meet New York educational standards.
To support the use of data to inform and improve curriculum, instruction, and assessment, as well as guide professional development and district comprehensive or strategic planning
I am still reviewing info on DATAG.
Here is a very interesting 12/13 DATAG PPT by Dr Bruce Crowder EdVistas consultant/researcher that seems critical about CC and aseessments and sheds light on the same. Please read this. Again, the PPT is from DATAG which is a company that surveys schools in NYS for edu policy purposes and is not, to my knowledge, affiliated with NYSED.
Here is Edu Vistas About Statement. They State that they are on NYS vendor listing:
|Educational Vistas, Inc. (EVI)|
Here are Edu Vistas Services:
1) Standards-based review of district curriculum and reporting
2) Comprehensive district education planning (CDEP)
3) Developing district commencement goals with public participation
4) Curriculum alignment and articulation with local content and State standards
5) R-BEM Supervision – Collegial Support System
6) Curriculum mapping process
7) Developing integrated, performance-based instructional units to deliver
8) Planning and implementing an academic intervention services (AIS) system
9) Developing learning episodes for academic intervention
10) Teaching reading in content areas
11) Training for transforming special education to a standards-based system
12) Using a national and international testing item banks
13) Developing standard and TIMSS-based scoring rubrics
14) Portfolio development, assessment, and application
In this piece, Testing and CC: Getting it Wrong, Dr. Crowder of EVI points out that NY has been less than transparent regarding testing and assessments.
Crowder seems critical of NYSED and testing policies:
Dr Crowder on funding and AIS in NYS
Managing Reform of RTT
About Dr Crowder
Dr. Crowder is a former NYS Assistant Commissioner of Education for Quality Assurance and the State’s Excellence and Accountability Program (EAP). IBM and the NYC Chancellor employed him to guide a major educational initiative in the poorest district in the City. He was also Superintendent of Schools for the Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery CSD where the United States Military Academy at West Point is located, assistant superintendent for instruction at Scotia-Glenville CSD, and principal of Colonie Central High School. In addition, he has filled the roles of teacher, department head, and coordinator. He has authored numerous documents in education with particular emphasis on curriculum and assessment. Currently, he is a senior researcher and facilitator for EVI.
Here is Dr Bruce Crowder’s CV
More EdVistas Articles:
Analysis of Key Elements of SLO Practice in Leading States
Dr. Bruce H. Crowder – Feedback for APPR Year 2
Dr. Bruce H. Crowder – Managing the Reform
Dr. Bruce H. Crowder – Testing and the Common Core
Reform Support Network – A Quality Control Toolkit for Student Learning Objectives
Reform Support Network – Targeting Growth, Using Student Learning Objectives as a Measure of Educator Effectiveness
Teacher Incentive Fund – Leadership for Educators’ Advanced Performance – It’s More Than Money