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Hastings Schools Prep for Tri-State Evaluations

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The Tri-State Consortium will be evaluating schools in Hastings soon and high school Principal Louis Adipietro said the district is looking forward to the feedback.

“It’s something for us to use as a guide more than anything else,” he said.

The Consortium will be reviewing the mathematics department for kindergarten through twelfth grade in Hastings starting Nov. 3.

“They’re an outside critical group of friends that comes in to districts and we choose a discipline that we want them to really look at and what we want them focusing on,” Adipietro said.

In addition to evaluating the department, the Consortium will also aim to answer essential questions in the school.  Some of the questions are based on students' enthusiasm and response to school.

“Are kids having fun and learning the math or is it a painful process?” Adipietro cited as an example of an essential question.

Hastings will gather data throughout the month to assist the Consortium, which will conduct its review Nov. 3 and Dec. 1 and 2.

“They spend three days in the district looking at evidence, interviewing faculty, interviewing staff, parents sort of getting a feel of what we’re doing and then they come back with the report,” Adipietro said.

Although the report will provide extensive feedback, Adipietro said it is important to take it with a grain of salt.

“It depends on what the report says,” he said.  “I can tell you the last one we did was in English and Special Ed, there were parts of the report that we thought were fair and the recommendations that we did put into place and there were some recommendations where we said you know what that’s not going to fit for us.”

Regardless of what the Consortium reports back to the Hastings schools, Adipietro reminded the Board of Education and parents to not overact.

“That’s why I tried to tell the board to be careful,” he said.  “There’s going to be some harsh stuff coming out of it.  That doesn’t mean we’re in bad shape.”

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