MAY 1998

Mills on performance

State Education Commissioner Richard P. Mills has warned the educational establishment that it must prove that this year's huge increase in state school aid was money well spent, by improving its performance.

In his monthly report to the Board of Regents, which is widely distributed within the education system, Mills said the public ask how schools spent the new money, and "we want to be ready with a drop-dead answer."

"The measure of success," he said, will be, "did the children learn at a higher level? Did test scores go up?" He added that "school boards and superintendents must be as sure as they can be that they are investing in proven instructional practices."

May 14, 1998