State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) announced he is co-sponsoring legislation eliminating the use of high-stake standardized tests to evaluate teachers and principals. Seward says it is important to evaluate teacher performance to ensure that the best and brightest are standing at the front of the classroom educating our kids, however, high-stake standardized tests are the wrong measuring stick. Senate bill 8301 would completely eliminate the use of the standardized tests entirely and require the State Education Department to establish an alternative assessment system.