MEETING NOTES - NOVEMBER 3, 2016
RS Parent - over communicate for clarity - provided folders of information
- Key points disparity and inequity with schools that have lower percentages
- Spent time reading and researching
- First need to decide if Regents exams and policies are fair- that will set directions
- Aspects that are not fair- conversion scales truncate top- lower passing scores- older regents in 40s for passing scores now in 20s
- Change SED made on low pass waivers (pass with a 52) could cause student to pass regents and to fail the class
SC Parent- ask of group- previous committee did not have enough discussion of impact of new graduation requirements and how regents exams are different today
- Concerned state is not addressing students with disabilities
- Concerned about that portion of the student body
MC Supt - Similar thoughts from both will now push out to group
HL Principal -need ENL learners be represented. Seeks the increase at NHS from BS counselor- over 50 students
ZD Board - ESSA looking at ENL not being held to same standard through double testing NYSEELAT and Regents
MC- ask counselors to respond to ZD’s thought
BS Counselor- example of student from El Salvador not proficient in her own language. May have more info for next meeting
CM counselor- ENL not at SHS Thought the focus here is for our GPA- Understand concern about cut scores- Need to focus on our goal
PM Teacher- I heard 20% is too high from those who already spoke
BS- Our role is communication liaison with students and parents. I do not know anyone’s point of view. Missing representation of parents who benefit from 20%
MC- More input from representative group in the form of a survey?
CM- Many parents are very happy- Put survey out to all parents
MC- Go to 2 students and then guest (reviewed ground rules)
GP student- look at students challenge themselves with courses and have lower grades and look at regents exam to help- explains specifics- 20% may be too high for these students –possible have different weighting for different levels?
Rebecca student- react to GP- understand there is a wide cross section of students- evaluate cause of why algebra was lower- ability or effort? Possible survey for students? They are the ones taking the tests-College has mid-term and final no option. Prepare students for next step if we drop %?
MC focus on beyond Clarkstown
SW Parent- Some regents very hard- not by student preparation. Is that true? Common core algebra?
PL Teacher- Noticed chemistry conversion scale is more difficult than SS test- Negative curve
SY Asst Supt- clarify question- not only regents being calculated?
CM counselor- are we changing quarter % and regents?
CM- representing for college- we put out formula not able to have individual formulas for different students
Guest M. Prima NHS student How could I propose my ideas to committee or member? Will approach one of the members
JSchatz- thanks for information (RS) challenged by inconsistencies provided by conversion charts- If we look back at Algebra problem was chart . If last years chart was used 2 years ago would we be here discussing issue
DT Principal- Last time we discussed this issue there were failures. This year none
JSchatz-noticed in folder First time NYSED made recommendation about regents for class grades
TB-Board Algebra first time taking test based on common core- NYSED did not share questions test was a disaster NYSED is taking steps to change common core- teachers had more information Some steps forward
MC to RS we will come back to the folder- ask of group- bring folders back – ask of group more information from others- create group survey committee?
PM different surveys?
JSchatz- all teachers? All parents?
MC show of hands K-12
PM- multiple surveys for different buildings
MC- asks representatives:
PM- from teacher standpoint 6-12
GP- from student 6-12 Rebecca agrees
SC- from parent all K-12
DT- HL consistent? Will not get a complete representation (families without internet etc.)
MC- question to parents would you be able to live with consistent 6-12?
One Word Activity
Excellent in goal and role models
Curiosity not sure where we are going very respectful group
Looking forward to getting deeper
Socratic seminar- fair say
Sensitive topic can of worms lot of work ahead
Comfortable with group- not sure how it happens in two more meetings
Concerned not done in 3 meetings
Good job of being respectful
More questions than comments
Some many questions- some many more aspects- need to take policies into consideration
Insightful- survey will take a lot of time
Engaged in discussion
Thought provoking- more questions can we submit
Impressed by committee
Trust the process
Proud to be teammate- potential is limitless
MC- send questions to me
Work with admin here to put out survey
Next meeting is Nov 17th
Will dipstick- need more time? Meetings?
Bring back materials