The students of the Nassau BOCES Barry Tech dominated this year’s SkillsUSA New York Leadership Conference and Skills Championship, held in Syracuse, N.Y. More than 30 Barry Tech teens took first, second or third place.
School district budget votes will be held throughout Long Island on Tuesday, May 21. Consult your school district's website for local polling times and sites, and learn "How To Read A School Budget" in an Anton News article featuring Dr. Lydia Begley, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services.
The security capabilities unveiled at Nassau BOCES' Customer Care Center ribbon-cutting ceremony would enable police to see inside schools via monitors & iPads while en-route to the school and have immediate access to floor plans.
Several Nassau County school districts are acquiring professional development from Nassau BOCES and Pearson to learn how to implement and utilize the new Common Core State Standards within their districts.
Nassau BOCES District Superintendent Dr. Thomas Rogers delivered the 2013 State of the Agency address before an audience of students, educators, legislators, board members and others on April 10 at the Robert E. Lupinskie Center for Curriculum, Instruction and Technology.
|At Nassau BOCES, we are committed to helping school district leaders identify and address emerging educational issues. We frequently develop pilot programs, introducing potential shared services that can help improve student learning and reduce costs. |
Nassau BOCES is building one of the largest private fiber-optic networks in the country. Called Bo-TIE, this four-year project will connect the school districts of Nassau County, providing them with improved access to Internet and telephone services.
Nassau School and Municipal Savings Initiative
The Nassau School and Municipal Savings Initiative is a cooperative effort among Nassau BOCES, Nassau County, Nassau County school districts and public agencies to reduce costs by sharing services. The project began in earnest in 2009, although school officials have been meeting and planning for implementation since 2006. The initiative is supported by a $1 million 21st Century Demonstration Grant from the New York State Department of State. Results from this initiative will be used as a model for similar programs throughout the state.
Job-seekers now have another powerful place to get assistance — thanks to a new partnership between Nassau BOCES and GoodTemps, the staffing division of Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey Inc. In October, GoodTemps began offering job-placement services to students and other Nassau County residents at Nassau BOCES' Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center.
Northwest Evaluation Association pilot
Districts continue to join Nassau BOCES' ongoing pilot of the Northwest Evaluation Association's (NWEA) computerized adaptive test. Unlike traditional pen and paper tests, the NWEA test constantly adjusts based on the students' answers. Correct answers lead to more difficult questions, incorrect answers result in easier questions; after five to six answers the computer can generate the students' approximate score level. The remaining questions can then be dedicated toward fine-tuning the score and probing for deeper knowledge in sub-skills.