Back to School Prep in Schuyler County
August 14, 2013
WATKINS GLEN -- (WENY) Superintendents from Bradford, Odessa-Montour, and Watkins Glen Central School District met to discuss the state of education in the county. The presentation included updates on new school programs, which includes the new common core. With common core, the districts are switching from a standardized based program to a set of core programs, and the curriculum is reflecting the shift.
There are a lot of changes going on in Schuyler County's School Districts. In the first meeting of it's kind. Superintendents from three of these districts came together to make sure everyone in the community knows what's going on before school's in session.
Andy Manzer, a member of the Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee, said, "we found that there's a lot of interest in the changes that are going on in the school districts as well as discussions between municipalities, police departments, and so on and what that means to the community."
The group of about fifty, discussed everything from academic programs to transportation to the controversial new topic, common core.
Tom Phillips, Superintendent of Watkins Glen School District, said, "I think we should do this more often quite frankly. Schools have to begin to communicate constantly with the community because of the challenges that are before us with the implementation of the common core."
Results under the new Common Core standards for Math and English were much lower than anticipated. But it's not something they're trying to hide.
"The issue becomes when you look at the assessment is the assessment aligned with the curriculum and I have to say right now is no and that's going to be the challenge for us in public education to change our curriculum to align with what is being asked of our students."
So what should parents expect when kids head back to school?
"Overall public education is going to look different as we move to implement the common core." "it's not your father's school as we used to say. And we need to communicate that with out communities."
School starts Wednesday September 4th.