NYSED News

RFP Posted: Assessment of Homeless Education Programming for McKinney-Vento Grantee Districts

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals to design and conduct a statewide assessment of homeless education programs supported by McKinney-Vento grant funding. The study will focus on promising features of program implementation at the LEA level; outcomes for students experiencing homelessness; and academic and social-emotional program supports and resources provided by NYSED’s Homeless Education current technical assistance vendor, NYS-TEACHS.

Funding Opportunity: 2014-15 Title I School Improvement Section 1003(a) - Basic School Improvement Grant Application

Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for Title I 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. These funds are to be used to support implementation of school improvement activities identified through the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) reviews or a school review with district oversight and included in the DCIP/SCEP.

RFP Posted: Special Education Mediation Technical Assistance Center

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) P-12 Office of Special Education is seeking proposals to provide annual training to approximately 125 individuals who serve as New York State special education mediators, promote the use of special education mediation, provide reimbursement of mediation administrative costs to the State’s twenty one (21) Community Dispute Resolution Centers (CDRCs) and to collect and report data on the number and type of special education mediation sessions conducted throughout the State. NYSED seeks applicants for mediation training (Part I) with documented experience and expertise in alternative dispute resolution processes in special education and for data collection (Part II) with demonstrated experience in the collection and reporting of statewide data.

RFP Posted: Evaluation of Categorical Bilingual Education Programs

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals to design, develop, and conduct evaluations of all Categorical Bilingual Education Programs funded by New York State and managed by the Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies (OBE-FLS). The selected vendor will design and develop protocols to assess implementation and effectiveness of all programs. Due to the variety of goals and objectives of each program to be evaluated, in addition to protocols that can be used for all programs (demographic data, evaluation elements that are common to all programs, etc.), each program is likely to also require evaluation components that are specific to that program’s evaluation (See Attachment C).

Understanding the 2014 Common Core Regents Exams

In Spring 2014, New York State administered the first Regents Examinations in Algebra I (Common Core) and English Language Arts (Common Core) intended to provide students, families, educators, and the public measures of student proficiency that directly link to the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers. You can now access a representative sample of the questions used on the Spring 2014 Regents Examinations in Algebra I (Common Core) and English Language Arts (Common Core), which have been annotated to display the kinds of analysis students are required to do in this new exam. In addition to the annotated questions, you will also find the released Spring 2014 exam booklets, scoring key and rating guides, and conversion charts. These documents will be helpful for better understanding the requirements of the Regents Examinations in Algebra I (Common Core) and English Language Arts (Common Core).

Statewide High School Graduation Rate Shows Incremental Increase, Achievement Gap Persists

New York State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. today released high school graduation rates for the 2009 cohort (students who entered 9th grade in 2009). While the overall statewide graduation rate increased to 74.9 percent from the previous year’s 74 percent, large achievement gaps remain, particularly with respect to the Regents with Advanced Designation diploma, which requires the completion of additional rigorous course work in preparation for college and careers. The groups at biggest risk of falling into this gap are black and Hispanic males in large city schools.

News and Notes: Introducing the New EngageNY

This week, we are excited to announce the launch of a new version of EngageNY.org! Over the last year, we have been working to make changes and improvements to the website based on your feedback. We hope you enjoy the new site.

RFP Posted: Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) P-12: Office of Special Education is seeking proposals from eligible applicants to operate a Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality (TAC-D). TAC-D will provide technical assistance, resources and professional development to assist New York State (NYS) school districts in revising policies, procedures, instructional and other practices that have resulted in a disproportionate representation of racial and ethnic groups (a) in special education and related services, (b) in specific disability categories, (c) in special education placements; and/or (d) in disciplinary practices.