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State Education Department Names Brockport CSD Elementary School Teacher 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 16:45
The Board of Regents today named Christopher Albrecht the 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year and awarded the 2017 Marge A. Tierney Memorial Scholarship to Simone Sylvester, a graduate student at Hunter College, the City University of New York, the State Education Department announced today.

Funding Opportunity: 2017-18 Title I School Improvement Section 1003(a) Reward School Dissemination Grants

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:48
Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEA) to carry out the State's responsibilities under sections 1116 and 1117, which may include providing support to Reward Schools to mentor staff at Priority and Focus Schools and to refine and enhance the Reward School’s own best practices.

Board of Regents P-12 Committee Approves Next Generation Learning Standards

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:18
The Board of Regents P-12 Committee today approved New York’s Next Generation Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The State Education Department conducted a collaborative process over two years to revise the standards, which involved numerous educators, parents and stakeholders from across the State, and resulted in substantive changes while maintaining the academic rigor of the learning standards.

Board of Regents Approves NY'S Every Student Succeeds Act Plan

Mon, 09/11/2017 - 10:35
The Board of Regents today approved the New York Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, which will be submitted to the United States Education Department (USDE) on September 18 for review and approval. It is anticipated that USDE will provide feedback to the Department in December 2017. Final approval of the state’s ESSA plan is expected early next year.

News and Notes: Back to School Edition 2017

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 09:35
Welcome back to school! I hope summer vacation gave you time to rest, recharge, and relax with family and friends. As much as I am thrilled that school is starting again, the difficult news coming out of Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the events that happened in Charlottesville last month are reminders of the challenges facing our country today. Given the connectedness of the modern world, the heartbreaking images of flooding in Houston and news clips of the unrest in Charlottesville are nearly unavoidable. Even though these things took place many miles from New York, they still have a profound effect on us and our children.

News and Notes: Results of Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Assessments

Mon, 08/28/2017 - 11:40
I hope you're enjoying the end of summer and are getting ready for the back to school season. At the State Education Department, we recently released the results of the 2017 Grades 3-8 English language arts and mathematics assessments.The results were generally positive and showed modest improvements in both ELA and math, although achievement gaps remain. Also included in this edition of News and Notes is information on: Liberty Partnerships Program Grants to Keep Students in School, Waivers Related to State ESSA Plan for Public Comment, and Office of Cultural Education Resources for Teachers.

Parent Update from Commissioner Elia

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 17:22
Earlier this week, the State Education Department released the results of the 2017 Grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests. Overall, there was a modest improvement in scores statewide, which means we're moving in the right direction. In ELA this year, the percentage of students in grades 3-8 who scored at the proficient level (Levels 3 and 4) increased by 1.9 percentage points to 39.8, up from 37.9 in 2016. In math, the percentage of students who scored at the proficient level increased this year to 40.2, up 1.1 percentage point from 39.1 in 2016.

State Education Department Releases Spring 2017 Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Assessment Results

Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:38
The State Education Department today released the results of the 2017 Grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests. In ELA this year, the percentage of students in grades 3-8 who scored at the proficient level (Levels 3 and 4) increased by 1.9 percentage points to 39.8, up from 37.9 in 2016. In math, the percentage of students who scored at the proficient level increased this year to 40.2, up 1.1 percentage point from 39.1 in 2016.

Parents Newsletter: Revised ESSA Plan and Liberty Partnerships Program Grants

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 19:15
This edition of Commissioner Elia's Parents Newsletter (link is external) from August 11, 2017 includes information about the following: Revised Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan; Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) grants; State Education Building Tours

Funding Opportunity: 2017-18 Title I School Improvement Grant 1003 Basic

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 22:24
Section 1003 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for Priority and Focus Schools to meet the progress goals in their District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and School Comprehensive Education Plan(s) (DCIP/SCEP) and thereby improve student performance.

Funding Opportunity: Regional Convenings for Integrating Staff Evaluation into a Systemic Approach to Talent Management

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 18:45
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Educator Quality and Professional Development (OEQPD) is seeking proposals from technical assistance providers with demonstrated knowledge, expertise and the capacity to provide technical assistance and professional development to support the implementation of Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR) under Education Law §3012-d and Subpart 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents. As a part of the Department’s commitment to continue to strengthen the evaluation system and its implementation, we intend to further build capacity of the field by conducting seven (7) regional convenings and three (3) webinars. Participating districts will receive professional development tailored to the most commonly identified needs within seven regions across the state (Buffalo; Capital Region; Long Island; NYC; Rochester/Southern Tier; Syracuse/North Country; Yonkers)1 as determined by a gap analysis/needs assessment utilizing the New York State Quality Framework.

News and Notes: ESSA Plan, Summer Food Service Program and Cultural Ed Resources for Teachers

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 10:32
The July 2017 edition of News and Notes from Commissioner Elia includes information about: Changes made to the draft Every Student Succeeds Act Plan; Summer Reading Program; Summer Food Service Program; Office of Cultural Education Resources for Teachers

State Education Department Releases Revised Draft Every Student Succeeds Act Plan

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 18:35
Revisions Made in Response to the More Than 1,000 Comments Received on the Draft ESSA Plan; Revised Draft Plan Continues to Emphasize Fostering Equity in Education for All Students and Expands Measures for School Accountability and Student Success

Funding Opportunity: Building Quality Student Learning Objectives (SLO) Workshops

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 18:30
The NYSED Office of Educator Quality and Professional Development is seeking proposals from technical assistance providers with demonstrated knowledge, expertise and the capacity to provide technical assistance and professional development to support the creation of quality Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) as a part of the implementation of Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR) under Education Law §3012-d and Subpart 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents.

Updated Request for Qualifications: Qualifications for Independent Receivers

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 20:48
NYSED will use the criteria specified within this RFQ to review and approve applications, and to generate a list of Approved Independent Receivers for Persistently Struggling and Struggling Schools.

Parent Update from Commissioner Elia: Summer Reading at New York Libraries

Fri, 07/14/2017 - 20:35
This edition of Commissioner Elia's Parents Newsletter from July 14, 2017 includes information about the following: Summer Reading at New York Libraries and the Summer Food Service Program.

Parent Update from Commissioner Elia

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 19:12
This edition of Commissioner Elia's Parents Newsletter from June 30, 2017 includes information about the following: Commissioner's keynote address for NYC TASC students; Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan agreement on mayoral control; Summer Reading at New York Libraries and the Summer Food Service Program

Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia Statement on Mayoral Control Extension

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 18:00
We are very pleased that Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan have reached agreement to provide certainty and stability for the more than one million students who attend New York City's public schools.

Free Meals Now Available to New York Children at More Than 3,000 Sites Statewide Through 2017 Summer Food Service Program

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 17:00
Free meals are now available for children across New York at more than 3,000 Summer Food Service Program sites, the State Education Department announced today. Approximately 400,000 free meals will be served daily to children. The interactive USDA online map (link is external) has been updated this year to provide an easy-to-use tool for families to find a meal site by address, city or zip code.

Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia Statement on End of Session Legislative Actions

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:00
While legislative leaders acted on bills that will benefit New York’s school-age and college students, and will help ensure the safety and well-being of all New Yorkers, we are disappointed the parties have not yet reached agreement on education for the more than one million students who attend New York City’s public schools. A resolution on this important issue must be found before school starts this fall to provide certainty for New York City’s schoolchildren.

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