The Minisink Valley Central School District mission is to encourage all students to reach their full potential by providing equal opportunity or academic, social, physical and moral education in a safe, caring and challenging environment.
In partnership with the community, the district is committed to meeting and exceeding New York State Learning Standards while preparing students to be productive, responsible citizens and life-long learners.
Teaching Is The Core
The New York State Department of Education has awarded a Teaching is the Core (TITC) Grant from to the OU BOCES/Division of Instructional Support Services. This grant supports the Division of Instructional Support Services work with 13 school districts, including Minisink Valley, to explore strategies for improving the quality of assessments and assuring that educational programs are focused on high-quality, coordinated teaching, learning, and assessment of learning.
New York State Next Generation Learning Standards
On Sept. 11, 2017, the Board of Regents adopted the Next Generation Learning Standards in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. These standards replace the controversial Common Core Learning Standards and will be rolled out slowly over the next few years in order to provide adequate time for professional development and curriculum design.
New standards for science education went into effect in July 2017, and will be phased in slowly over the course of several years with full implementation expected in 2020-2021.
The Next Generation Learning Standards detail what students should know and be able to do at each grade level; they do not require school districts to follow any specific curriculum.
- NYS Next Generation Learning Standards for ELA and Math – Press Release
- Overview of NYS Next Generation Learning Standards for ELA and Math
- NYS Next Generation Learning Standards Implementation Timeline
- Common Core State Standards
Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)
Education Law Section 3012-d prohibits the disclosure of annual professional performance reviews of individual teachers and principals under the Freedom of Information Law (Article 6 of the Public Officers Law).
While this information is not subject to disclosure to the general public, parents and legal guardians of students in the District have rights, upon request, to review and receive the final quality rating (i.e. Highly Effective, Effective, Developing or Ineffective) of individual teachers and principals to which their children have been assigned for the current school year.
Parents and legal guardians may review and receive this information by mail, or in person.
Upon request a parent or legal guardian shall be entitled to receive an oral or written explanation of the final quality ratings; and be offered opportunities to understand such ratings in the context of teacher evaluation and student performance.
The District has a legal obligation to make reasonable efforts to verify that any such request is a bona fide request by a parent or guardian entitled to review and receive such data pursuant to this paragraph. Consequently, we have created a form to be utilized when a parent or legal guardian requests information regarding their child’s current teacher(s) and building principal.
The below form should be used to request information. It is also available at the MVCSD Central Administration Office. More information is available from Mr. Ranaudo.