The Amherst School District, outside of Buffalo, is a model for how other districts should implement teacher evaluations and a tougher curriculum, according to New York State officials. According to The Buffalo News, the state is observing how Amherst has implemented these systems to try and help other school districts in the state:
In the Amherst Central School District, that has meant offering new courses to teachers, purchasing new technology and rewriting the curriculum to align it with the national Common Core standards.
"Everything they do, they do as a team, which caught my eye," said Robert M. Bennett, a member of the Board of Regents from Western New York. "They have implemented this very well. They viewed it as it was intended to be - professional development and to improve the craft of teaching."