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Parent Update from Commissioner Elia

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This edition of Commissioner Elia's Parents Newsletter from October 6, 2017 includes information about the following: School Vision Health Month, Farm-to-School Programs, and renovation and expansion at Middletown High School in Orange County

Funding Opportunity: Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership PR/HYL

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals from qualified bidders to plan and conduct the Angelo Del Toro Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI), in conjunction with the New York State Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican and Hispanic Task Force (Task Force). Every year, the Task Force plans a statewide adult “SOMOS” conference for interested individuals to share their concerns on issues affecting the Latino community, and to suggest legislative action on programs that will address those concerns. The New York State Assembly sponsors the PR/HYLI in conjunction with the larger conference.

Parent Update from Commissioner Elia

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On Monday, we submitted New York's Every Student Succeeds Act plan to the U.S. Department of Education. The Board of Regents approved the plan last week at its September meeting. You can read the final ESSA plan in full on the Department's ESSA webpage . Additionally, we released ESSA fact sheets for parents and educators . These summary documents explain the final ESSA plan and will be translated in additional languages. You can also read the press release about our final submission for more information.

News and Notes: Board of Regents Approves Arts Standards and ESSA Plan

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I hope this school year is off to a great start in your classrooms and schools. At the State Education Department this week, the Board of Regents approved New York's Every Student Succeeds Act Plan, which will be submitted to the United States Education Department on September 18 for review and approval. The Board of Regents also approved the Next Generation Learning Standards this week. The revised standards are a result of a collaborative process that involved educators, parents and stakeholders from across New York.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

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