THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

 

TO:

The Honorable the Members of the Board of Regents

FROM:

James A. Kadamus

COMMITTEE:

Full Board

TITLE OF ITEM:

Appointment of Assistant Commissioner for Standards, Assessment and Reporting

DATE OF SUBMISSION:

February 17, 2004

PROPOSED HANDLING:

Action

RATIONALE FOR ITEM:

Vacant Position Since August 1, 2003

STRATEGIC GOAL:

1 and 2

AUTHORIZATION(S):

 

 

SUMMARY:

 

The appointment of an Assistant Commissioner for Standards, Assessment and Reporting in the Office of Elementary, Middle, Secondary and Continuing Education is critical to the development and implementation of New York Stateís testing program and to the continuing development of student information systems.

 

We sought candidates who have knowledge of major testing programs, understand the importance of the collection, analysis and reporting of student and school performance data, and provide leadership in the development and implementation of new assessments required under NCLB.

 

David M. Abrams comes to us from the Albany City School District.  As the Director of Instruction, he has extensive experience in areas pertaining to testing and assessment, collection and analysis of student achievement data, preparation and presentation of the Districtís School Report Card, school management, staff development, budget development and personnel evaluation.  Previously David served as the Learning Standards Coordinator for the Capital Region BOCES where he coordinated regional test administration and data systems.  He serves on the SED State Assessment District Advisory Group, is the district liaison of the Northeastern Regional Information Center Data Analysis Team, and is a member of the New York Schools Data Analysis Technical Assistance Group (DATAG).  David has also been a teacher at Albany and Amsterdam High Schools and an Adjunct Instructor at the College of Saint Rose and Skidmore College.  He has delivered many presentations statewide on data, testing and standards. 

 

I recommend David M. Abrams to you for appointment as the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Standards, Assessment and Reporting.

 

VOTED:  That the Board of Regents approve the appointment of David M. Abrams as Assistant Commissioner for Standards, Assessment and Reporting, effective March 4, 2004.