The session, led by MOBOCES Special Programs Coordinator Carla Fountain, provided seven area teachers with a half-day of training on how to score the NYSAA portfolios for science and social studies. The training was followed by time to begin scoring completed portfolios from students across all nine component districts and MOBOCES.
The NYSAA is an alternate state assessment available to qualifying special education students. Last year, the English language arts and math portions of the assessment moved to a computer-based format, and that will continue this year. The science and social studies portions, however, remain in portfolio format for this year.
Teachers who participated in the training and scoring session were from Camden, MOBOCES, Rome and Vernon-Verona-Sherrill. MOBOCES teacher Stephanie Bickom served as the table leader for the session.