Thank you, Ossining for electing me to the Board for the 2023-2026 term!
We should strive for every student to read and do math at least on grade level. Current NWEA MAPS Growth assessment and New York State data testing generally show Ossining students are performing below average in English Language Arts (Reading and Writing) and Math. While there are valid questions about the state tests and a variety of reasons for this performance - including loss of learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and out-of-school issues - we should address these measures strategically and aggressively.
With the new American Reading Company (ARC) curriculum, we also need to make sure our teachers are fully supported and have the resources to implement the program and improve reading literacy, as well as math literacy. And we must have clear, quantifiable goals and benchmarks to confirm ARC and our Singapore Math programs are working - our kids should be able to read, write and do math at least on grade level; I'd actually like us to strive to be well above average.
I'd also advocate to expand financial literacy at all grade levels. Having a solid grounding in business principles is crucial for whatever post high school path our students take.
If elected, I will also focus on the following in close partnership with parents, teachers and administrators:
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