Request for Qualifications: Qualifications for Independent Receivers

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has announced a new Request for Qualifications (RFQ), titled: Qualifications for Independent Receivers. This RFQ will generate a list of Approved Independent Receivers for Persistently Struggling Schools. To be considered for receivership appointments for the 2016-2017 school year, it is encouraged that applications for the list of Approved Independent Receivers be received by NYSED no later than March 11, 2016.

Funding Opportunity: 2016-2019 New York State Charter School Dissemination Grant Program

The purpose of the New York State Charter School Dissemination grant program is to provide funds to support the dissemination of effective practices and programs that have been developed, tested, and proven successful in New York State charter schools. Funds are available to assist charter schools in disseminating their effective practices to any district school(s) in New York through designated partnerships.

Funding Opportunity: Continued Development, Administration, and Reporting of Teacher Certification Assessments for New York State Teachers and Educational Leaders as part of the NYSTCE Testing Program

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of State Assessment (OSA) is requesting proposals for the continued implementation of the New York State Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) Testing Program. Services include revision, enhancement, development, administration, and reporting of all Teacher Certification Assessments (excluding the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA), the Assessment for Teaching Skills-Written (ATS-W) Elementary, and the ATS-W Secondary) as well as any and all additional instruments deemed necessary by NYSED for the certification for New York State teachers, teaching assistants, and educational leaders.

The New EngageNY Is Here

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is pleased to announce the release of The New EngageNY, featuring a more robust search, responsive design for better viewing on mobile devices, and streamlined navigation. EngageNY.org continues to serve educators and citizens by providing information and resources to help improve teaching and learning in New York.

Funding Opportunity: Evaluation of the New York State Charter Schools Program

New York State was awarded its most recent Charter Schools Program (CSP) grant from the United States Department of Education (USDE) in 2011. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals to conduct a statewide evaluation of CSP, focusing on promising features of program implementation in new charter schools and the extent to which those features are promulgated to current and potential charter school operators as well as to traditional district schools. It will also examine charter schools’ access to and use of CSP funds as well as any outcomes that speak to the effectiveness or need for improvement of the CSP grant program.

Funding Opportunity: Professional Development for Impartial Hearing Officers

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Special Education is seeking proposals to: (1) develop and deliver professional development programs for Impartial Hearing Officers (IHOs) who conduct impartial hearings for students with disabilities as required by section 615 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), section 4404 of New York State (NYS) Education Law and sections 200.1 and 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education; and (2) conduct investigations of complaints alleging the misconduct or challenging the competence of an IHO pursuant to section 200.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education; and (3) develop an evaluation protocol, including standards and methodology, for the purposes of evaluating NYS IHOs. (Note: The vendor will not be required to conduct the evaluation, but rather develop the protocol and a proposed process to be used by NYSED for evaluation purposes.)

Funding Opportunity: 2016-2021 Bilingual Education Program

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL), is seeking applications from Public School Districts for a Bilingual Education Program (transitional bilingual and one-way and two-way dual language) that provides English Language Learners (ELLs) with home language instruction as well as English/English as a New Language instruction. Bilingual Education Programs seek to offer students the opportunity to become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural while improving their academic ability. Students learn to speak, read, and write in two languages, and also learn about other cultures while developing strong self-esteem and diverse language skills. The primary purpose of this grant program is to develop academic excellence and bilingual proficiency for ELLs, and depending on the model, English Proficient (EP) students, and to promote new Bilingual Education programs in school districts across the State.

IFB: Return Services for Certain Secure State Exam Materials

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking bids to provide secure return shipping (pick-up and delivery) of certain secure State exam materials from approximately 4,500 public and nonpublic schools throughout all regions of New York State (state-wide) to NYSED’s secure document destruction vendor. Shipments of approximately 5,000 – 30,000 packages per year will occur throughout the year, primarily in the months of April, May, and June. Security of the test materials at all times is of the highest priority and importance.

Assessments Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to help superintendents communicate with parents and educators in their districts about the value and importance of the annual Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Math Tests.

Funding Opportunity: 2016-2021 Extended School Day/School Violence Prevention Program Competitive Grant Application

The primary purpose of the ESD/SVP Program is to award competitive grants to provide support to students through extended school day activities and/or school safety programs which promote violence prevention. Programs must demonstrate consistency with the school safety plans required by section twenty-eight hundred one-a of the Education Law and should not displace existing school district after-school funding. School districts and not-for-profit organizations working in collaboration with a public school district(s) may submit an application to conduct an ESD program or a SVP program or a combination of both.

News and Notes: Survey on the Standards

Read the latest edition of News and Notes from Commissioner Elia, which includes information about our AIMHighNY Common Core Standards survey, a video about the 2016 New York State Teacher of the Year, EngageNY updates, and more!