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Turning data into useful and actionable information - rather than a bureaucratic shackle on the minds of students and teachers - will be the primary challenge of this generation of educational leaders. Join in the discussion.See More
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I am a Program Administrator for Student Data Services at Eastern Suffolk BOCES.

I have served in public education as a school board member, school psychologist, middle school principal, and district office administrator for technology and personnel.

I like to read, write, and walk. I enjoy dogs and pruning plants.

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Science cannot be secret!

Posted on June 22, 2008 at 12:30pm 0 Comments

In a recent contribution to the growth/value-added discussion on the DATAG listserv, it was stated that "We invite comment from any of our DATAG Colleagues but are especially interested in the opinions of our resident statisticians." The arc of this discussion is exactly what I had feared - and predicted in my initial posting on May 31.

It runs like this: Growth and value-added models are extremely technical. Here, try to read these extremely technical articles. If you do not… Continue

Accountability Grows Up?

Posted on May 31, 2008 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

The Capital Region BOCES recently sponsored a useful conference entitled Ready, Set, Grow!: School Improvement through Value-Added Analysis. Value-Added is clearly an idea whose time has come, and the conference was co-sponsored by the New York State School Boards Association, the New York State Council of School Superintendents, and the School Administrators Association of New York State. If you looked in the eyes of the attendees - it was a crowded house - there was a mixture of… Continue

Reflections on the Special Education Snapshot

Posted on May 17, 2008 at 6:29pm 0 Comments

I imagine it will be anti-climatic when the bureaucratic button is finally pushed to close Part I of this year's biggest data drama. The Special Education Snapshot is - or will soon be - done.

For those of you who will not start watching until Season Two, the special education snapshot - or the annual count of all New York State students who receive special education services as of the first school day in December - was reported this year, not through aggregate counts, but via… Continue

Teacher Tenure and Student Data

Posted on May 8, 2008 at 6:30pm 1 Comment

Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2007 stipulates that New York State teachers cannot be awarded tenure unless they successfully use student performance data (including, but not limited to, performance on state assessments) to guide their instruction. A 2008 amendment to Chapter 57 prohibits districts from using test scores to evaluate teachers, while maintaining the requirement that teachers use test scores to improve instruction.

School districts must therefore provide teachers with… Continue

Why data?

Posted on May 3, 2008 at 11:30pm 0 Comments

Three changes have affected education in the United States; all involve access.

All children now have the right to access educational services. There are no more places to hide those students who are harder to teach or slower to learn.

All customers of educational services - students, teachers, parents, and other taxpayers - now have a right to access educational data. There are no more places to hide those teachers and those practices that fail to educate.

And,… Continue

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At 3:09pm on February 18, 2009, Debbie Kennedy said…
Congratulations on your new NYSED position! A true loss to Suffolk County but a win for the state !
At 12:03am on December 5, 2008, William Brennan, Ed.D. said…
Hey Ken,
We are going to get some conversations going on second life....any interest? Not sure who is going to participate yet but the conversation is taking place in the SL group on this site. Would love to have you join us.
At 7:02am on June 2, 2008, Judy Proscia said…
Thanks Ken,
I just joined. Thanks for all your great information and support - it is greatly appreciated!
At 12:42pm on May 23, 2008, Michael Ehlers said…
thanks Ken! I did join the Data and What Works groups. I look forward to the engaging and informative discussions regarding education and technology. Have a great holiday weekend! Mike
At 8:11pm on May 13, 2008, Paula Matthews said…
Thank You Ken, I am looking forward to many interesting and informative discussions.

At 11:30pm on May 6, 2008, Danielle M. Mullin said…
Hi Ken, thanks for this opportunity!
At 9:02am on May 6, 2008, Ellen Moore said…
Hello Ken,
Thank you for the opportunity to become a member of the Long Island School Leadership Center.
At 9:59am on May 5, 2008, Gerri Doherty said…
Hi Ken - Thanks for the reminder - I just joined
At 11:23am on May 4, 2008, Harriet Copel said…
Hi Ken,
I gues I really should start to use this wonderful network. I will spend some time exploring so I can figure my way around and then will take a look at the data group.
At 9:27am on May 4, 2008, Dan Holtzman said…
Hi Ken,

Good to hear from you as always. The next meeting is our last day of school, so I will not be able to attend. However, next year I will be attending those meetings.

Hope all is well.



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