New York Coop Deploys Discovery Assessment

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New York's BOCES Agencies

Eastern Suffolk BOCES is one of 37 BOCES in New York State. These agencies share educational programs and services between school districts and encompass all but nine of the state's 721 school districts.

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New York's Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Educational Services (ESBOCES)--an educational cooperative comprising 51 individual school districts in Long Island--has signed on with Discovery Education to launch its Discovery Education Assessment system.

The move, according to Discovery, is part of an effort to improve student achievement for meeting state standards in reading and language arts, math, and science. Discovery Education Assessment provides academic monitoring to help identify problem areas, reporting to help educators tailor instruction based on student needs, and professional development to help teachers "focus instruction during the school year and improve student test scores on high-stakes examinations."

"After looking at several other products, the ease of use and effectiveness of Discovery Education Assessment made this product our first choice in the world of online assessment," said Andrew Setzer, divisional administrator at ESBOCES, in a statement released last week. "The alignment to New York state standards and the backing by Discovery Education were important factors for us. Since our districts are responding so quickly and favorably, it seems we certainly made a good choice."

ESBOCES serves 51 school districts in New York with a combined enrollment of more than 169,000 students. It's the largest K-12 educational agency in the state outside of the five major cities of Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers. In 2006/2007, it had a combined educational, administrative, and capital budget of nearly $294 million, with funding provided in large part by its component districts. (Other revenues come through adult education fees, grants, gifts, and other sources.)

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About the author: David Nagel is the executive editor for 1105 Media's online education technology publications, including THE Journal and Campus Technology. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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