Commissioner of Education takes an interest in Norwich

NORWICH Ė Itís not often the Commissioner of Education makes time in his schedule to meet with a small city school. Yet, New York Education Commissioner David Steiner and two of his deputies did just that last week, spending more than an hour in video conference with administrators from the Norwich City School District.

According to Board Member Perry Owen, the district attracted the commissionerís attention because of the strides it has made in using student achievement data and benchmarks to guide instruction and evaluate teacher performance.

Owen is credited with bringing Norwichís achievements in this area to the attention of the SED when earlier this year he asked the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association to share a letter he had written on the topic with the commissioner.

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