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The Consortium is a coalition of high schools across New York State which have pioneered the creation of educational communities synonymous with active student learning, exemplary professional development and innovative curriculum and teaching strategies for 21st century students. Many of our schools and leaders have been nationally recognized through such honors as New American High Schools, 21st Century Schools, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, and Compact for Learning Schools.

Consortium schools have devised a system of assessment which consists of eight components including alignment with state standards, professional development, external review, and formative and summative data. Consortium schools have documented how their work meets and exceeds New York State Regents standards through a system of rigorous commencement-level performance-based assessment tasks. Performance on these tasks is reflected on student transcripts and results are used for college admission.

The tasks require students to demonstrate accomplishment in analytic thinking, reading comprehension, research writing skills, the application of mathematical computation and problem-solving skills, computer technology, the utilization of the scientific method in undertaking science research, appreciation of and performance skills in the arts, service learning and school to career skills. Experts external to the schools, from universities and the business world, participate in reviews of student work.

The Performance Assessment Review Board, Inc., an external body of educators, test experts, researchers and members of the legal and business world, monitors the performance-based assessment system and systematically samples student work.

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There are 28 schools across NY State that are current members of the Consortium