NYSED News

Regents Support Teacher "Bar Exam"; Say More Rigorous Certification Process Will Help Students

The State Board of Regents' Higher Education Committee yesterday discussed the extensive supports the Department has provided for implementation of the new teacher certification exams, including the edTPA (a performance-based assessment of teaching modeled on the highly regarded National Board Certification), the rigorous basic literacy Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST), and the Educating All Students exam, which evaluates candidates' readiness to teach in diverse classrooms (including students with disabilities and English Language Learners) and work effectively with students' families. After a discussion of the $20 million in Race to the Top funds the State Education Department has provided for the implementation of clinically rich programs at 13 institutions in New York State and a conversation about the certification examinations, the Committee indicated that the work should continue to move forward.

Funding Opportunity: Clinically-Rich Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies (OBE-FLS), is seeking applications from Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) to operate a Clinically-Rich Intensive Teacher Institute in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language (CR-ITI-BE) program, addressing the shortage of certified bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers throughout New York State (NYS).

Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Grants Announced

State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. today announced that forty-two school districts and charter schools and eight consortia (which include thirty-eight component districts) have received preliminary grant award notification totaling approximately $24.2 million for the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) 3 Program. Final grant awards are contingent on the review and approval of the Office of the State Comptroller. These grants represent the third and final phase of the STLE grant program.

Update on Common Core Learning Standards and Assessments

This memo addresses three adjustments that are relevant to the State assessments component of the Regents Work Group Report entitled The Path Forward: Common Core Learning Standards, Assessments, and Teacher and Principal Evaluation in New York State.

RFP Posted: NYSED Mathematics Science Partnerships (MSP) Statewide Program Evaluation

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals for the services of a Program Evaluator (PE) who will conduct a statewide evaluation of the NCLB Title II, Part B Math Science Partnerships (MSP) competitive grant program by providing technical assistance to individual funded MSP projects that will assure that each funded MSP project conducts a thorough local evaluation using scientifically based research methods and provides evidence of progress on on-going program implementation, as well as meeting the required federal and state reporting requirements.

Regents Adjust Common Core Implementation

The State Board of Regents P-12 Education and Higher Education Committees today adopted several measures presented in a report from a Regents' work group to adjust the implementation of the new Common Core Standards. The full Board is expected to act on the Committee reports tomorrow (Tuesday, February 11th). Included are changes that will delay the impact of Common Core-related state assessments on educators and students, and reduce the level of local school district testing associated with the new teacher evaluation law and higher standards for teaching and learning.

2014 United States Senate Youth Program Students Selected

Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand today announced the names of the two New York students who have been selected as delegates to the 52nd annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) that will be held March 8 – 15, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Benjamin Chasan of Plainview and Priscilla Guo of Forest Hills were chosen from across the state to be part of the group of 104 student delegates who will attend the program's 52nd annual Washington Week.

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