Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles on the Common Core standards.
LAKE PLACID — While the state education commissioner listens to Common Core feedback statewide, schools in the North Country have established portals for reporting student data.
Two considerations raising questions are the eventual cost to taxpayers and access to student test data.
SCHOOLS HAD DEADLINE
Assessment test results are key components of the data-distribution system being established in federal Race to the Top programs.
The compliance schedule required all schools to choose one of three data portals by Oct. 31.
The price for the portals includes a $3-per-student payment to the state, plus a cost between $2 to $5 per student to inBloom, the subcontractor collecting the data for web-based cloud storage and disbursement.
Regionally, most area schools chose a common portal — My Track, from eScholar — in order to achieve continuity for students who may move from one school to another nearby.
“We also want to be able to work together with BOCES if the plan goes into action,” Westport Central School Superintendent Dr. John Gallagher explained.
All 17 schools in the Champlain Valley Educational Services BOCES have selected the My Track, eScholar program.
Dr. Roger Catania, superintendent at Lake Placid, said the nine schools in the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES also chose the My Track portal.
“We thought it would be wiser to choose one where we could share the support, essentially,” Catania said.
The other two options that State Ed provided were Datacation Compass, powered by ConnectEdu, and a portal called SchoolNet by Pearson.
Schools have not fed data into the portal, which has a Dashboard feature for parents.
“One of the things about the Dashboard is that parents will have to have access to it. A parent has a right to know everything that is in a student’s record,” Gallagher said.