Orchard Park

Orchard Park School Board members have called on New York State to use tests only to measure the progress in introducing learning standards, not to measure student performance or teacher effectiveness.

Board members unanimously passed the measure, which also asks that the district be reimbursed for the cost of having teachers grade the assessments, and calls for an end to “field assessments” in elementary grades.

The district spends about $18,000 a year hiring 200 substitute teachers to take the place of teachers who must leave their classrooms several days a year to grade the assessments, according to the board. Students in third through eight grades also have had to take field assessments in recent years, “resulting in additional time lost from instruction,” the resolution said.

While the state assessments are helpful in comparing school districts and assessing the alignment of curriculum, “they are not always an adequate and reliable measure of student learning and educator effectiveness,” the board said in its resolution.

This year’s tests were given before the state had fully developed the Common Core Learning Standard curriculum and provided it to schools, the board said.

Also this week:

• The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. in the supervisor’s conference room in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St., followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m.

• The village Zoning Board of Appeals will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the municipal center.