Carolyn Mark – East Greenwich

Q1: Contact Information
  • Name Carolyn Mark
  • District East Greenwich
  • Title on Committee (if any) Chair
  • City/Town East Greenwich
  • State/Province RI
  • ZIP/Postal Code 02818
  • Email Address carolynmark@mac.com
  • Phone Number 401-862-0354
Q2: Were you elected or appointed to your position?
  • Elected
Q3: When were you first elected/appointed to the School Committee? When does your term expire?
  • First Elected 11/06/2012
  • Current Term Expiration 11/08/2016
Q4: Do you expect to run for re-election when your current term expires?
  • Yes
PAGE 3: Current Issues Facing RI Students
Q5: Think for a moment about your district. What makes your district great? What makes you most proud?

Academic achievement, parent and student engagement.

Q6: What are the most important challenges you see in your district as we enter in to the 2015/2016 school year?

Funding for initiatives such as all day kindergarten, technology, capital improvements, curriculum development, professional development, later start times at the middle and high schools, and more.

PAGE 4: Requiring PARCC Testing
Q7: Does your district have a policy that requires students to participate in state wide testing (like PARCC)?
  • No
Q8: While there is not a state mandate to require students to participate in state assessments like PARCC, some districts have passed local policies that would require participation in the state assessments.  If your district were to propose a policy to require participation in state assessments, would you vote in favor of that policy?
  • Other (please specify) In general, I would not favor requiring students to participate in state assessments. However, there may be some circumstances such as needing to determine if a student is prepared to take a certain level college course where I might support a state assessment participation requirement.
Q9: If you have other comments on PARCC or other testing policies, please share them here.

I believe very strongly in the importance of state assessments in determining how individual students and entire schools and districts are doing with respect to teaching and learning. However, I stop short of supporting compulsory testing, and I do believe in multiple pathways to determining whether or not a student is ready to graduate.

PAGE 5: Final Thoughts
Q10: Thank you for participating in our first School Committee Survey.  If you have any thing you would like ParentsAcrossRI.org to know, you can share those comments here or email us at ParentsAcrossRI@gmail.com.

It seems to me that the biggest concern is around high stakes testing. I’m hoping that we can agree as a state to high standards but multiple pathways so that we can all focus on the value of assessments with respect to teaching and learning.

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