The Bellmore Board of Education adopted a resolution regarding their concerns about high-stakes testing for students, at a recent school board meeting.
As part of the resolution, the Board noted the “overreliance on high-stakes standardized testing in state and federal accountability systems is undermining educational quality and equity in US public schools.”
In the unanimous passing of the board’s resolution, the district called upon Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Education Commissioner John King, the State legislature and the Board of Regents to “re-examine public school accountability systems in the state.
The district also officially opted out of the Race to the Top initiative. By opting out of RTTT, the District will forfeit $2,758 but will save thousands of dollars in costs associated with the implementation of RTTT.
“We fully support the goal of raising educational standards and preparing our students for college and careers,” Superintendent of Schools Joseph Famularo said. “We must work together to create a system that is fiscally responsible and most importantly does harm the overall well-being of our students.”