The West Genesee Central School District uses its own Strategic Plan and Curriculum Maps to guide instruction in grades K-12. New York State has implemented a new set of standards called the Common Core Learning Standards in an attempt to increase the rigor of education in New York State and also take part in a standards based program that has also been adopted by over 40 other states. West Genesee recognizes these new standards but implements them according to our own Strategic Plan and Curriculum Maps.
The new Common Core Learning Standards, as well as the testing and data collection associated with New York State's educational reform, are all subjects that you will hear and read about. The West Genesee Central School District does endorse the Common Core Learning Standards but does not agree with the implementation strategies employed by New York State so we use our own. The West Genesee Central School District recognizes that testing is an important tool that has been around for decades but also feels that some of the testing necessary to provide a "score" for teachers distracts from teaching and learning. We have been lobbying to modify the volume of testing required to create teacher and principal "scores".
The New York State Education Department has been collecting student test scores and data for decades. They have chosen to broaden the scope of their data collection by working with a non-profit company called InBloom. This process is just beginning. West Genesee Central School District already uses a product called SchoolTool to collect information and make it available to parents and students. As more information becomes available we will certainly communicate that.
This page was created as a small springboard for parents and community members who want to learn a little more about the passion that currently exists in New York State and around the country about the Common Core Learning Standards, implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards, testing, and data collection. Please check back for updates.
Christopher R. Brown, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools