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5 Jan 2013

Thanks for your Support!
You are receiving this message because you have supported the New York State Principals' Open Letterregarding the APPR Legislation. 

As always, we thank you for your support and remind you that our work is not done. Please share this email with three colleagues, friends, neighbors or family members and ask them to support our paper!

Use of Student Growth Models
December saw the publication of a report that reviews the various Student Growth Models (SGM) and Value Added Models (VAM) being used in our country. The paper raises some important issues regarding the implementation of such models — issues that we raised in our APPR Paper. Please take a look at the paper through the link below; be sure to read the final few pages for areas of concern and recommendations. Read the "Evaluating Teachers and Schools Using Student Growth Models" paper.

Happy New Year to All
"School Reform" promises to be an ongoing theme of 2013. Although it may seem that those of us who are pushing back against practices that are destructive to our schools are overmatched by the money and influence of the "reformers," it is important to have faith that we are making a difference. 

That said, may 2013 be a wonderful year for all of you!

Thanks for all your support!
Sean and Carol


Principal, The Wheatley School
Old Westbury, NY  11568
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Petition to End High Stakes Testing 
In the final days of 2012, Carol initiated a petition asking the NYS Board of Regents to suspend high stakes testing. In only a few days, the petition has garnered incredible support! Read the petition and join the signatories through this link.
Superintendents Speak Out
Some vocal superintendents around the country are beginning to voice concerns about the current wave of "educational reform" and accountability through testing. Read about a North Carolina superintendent through this link.

Joshua Starr is the superintendent of Montgomery County Schools. A thoughtful critic of high stakes testing, Dr. Starr appeared in a forum last month shortly after writing a piece in the Washington Post piece. You can view a clip from his forum through this link. You can read his Washington Post article through this link.

My Life in School (Thomas Sobol)

Thomas Sobol is a giant among educators in New York and beyond. A former Commissioner of Education, Dr. Sobol is also a long-time supporter of our letter. You can order Dr. Sobol's memoirMy Life in School, through hisweb site