continued Tice was hired for both as part-time positions, which is technically set as 60 percent athletic coordinator and 40 percent curriculum coordinator.
The role of the elementary curriculum coordinator is to help ensure that the Skaneateles curriculum matches with the state expectation and goals — and recently also to align with the federal “common core” standards — to work with teachers to ensure they have the instructional strategies to learn and teach the curriculum, and to assess the student learning to ensure all the curriculum and planning throughout the district is working properly.
Tice said her ongoing goals as ECC are to initiate multiple assessment measures for teachers and students, to continue to work with teachers in grades 6 through 12 to make sure the learning “bridge” between the grades is covered, and to ensure the curriculum program “differentiation,” which means it challenges every student, and if a student achieves the standard goal then the district will work on enhanced programs to keep the student challenged.
The 2010 state test scores, which were released in early August, show that Skaneateles continues to score well in its state assessment testing: science scores were comparable to 2009, and math scores improved in each grade 3 through 5. “It was a very successful year,” Tice said.
Tice also said the way teachers in Skaneateles are assessed will be changing as well: not in what they assess, but in how they assess. She said there will be more observations and they will modify the assessment model currently in use.
“We are very lucky here to have strong teachers and they are wonderful to work with — and the same goes for the coaches: coaches are educators too. What they all do is based on what offers the best possible instruction to maximize student learning,” Tice said.