NYSED News

Parent Update from Commissioner Elia

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

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

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

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.

Parent Update from Commissioner Elia

This week, the Board of Regents voted to reduce the number of days of student testing on the annual grades 3-8 State assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics from three days each to two. The change takes effect beginning with the tests that will be administered in Spring 2018.

Funding Opportunity: Assessment and Evaluation Workgroups to Explore Current New York State Requirements and Best Practices for Teacher and Principal Evaluation

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 exploration, analysis, and review of quality assessments (Assessment Workgroup) and/or performance metrics (Evaluation Workgroup) 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.

News and Notes: Board of Regents Reduces Days of Grades 3 - 8 Assessments

This edition of Commissioner Elia's News and Notes Newsletter from June 15, 2017 includes information about the following: Board of Regents Reduces Number of Days of Grades 3 - 8 Assessments Beginning with Spring Exams in 2018, Update on Draft Every Student Succeeds Act Plan, 75 Percent of Questions from 2017 Grades 3 - 8 ELA and Math Tests Released, Summer Reading Program, Office of Cultural Education Resources for Teachers and New York State Excelsior Scholarship Application Now Available.

State Education Department Proposes Regulation Changes To Remove Barriers To Educational Programs For Military Students

The State Education Department today proposed regulatory amendments to remove barriers to educational programs for children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced. A 45-day public comment period on the proposed amendments begins June 28.

Board of Regents Appoints New Co-Chairs of State Aid Subcommittee

Board of Regents Members Beverly L. Ouderkirk and Nan Eileen Mead have been appointed co-chairs of the State Aid Subcommittee, the Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa announced today. As Co-chairs, Regents Ouderkirk and Mead will lead the development of the Board’s annual State Aid request, which is the school district funding proposal submitted to the Legislature by the Board of Regents each December. Regent Ouderkirk is the representative from the North Country, which is the 4th Judicial District, and Regent Mead represents the 1st Judicial District, which covers Manhattan. The Co-Chairs are taking over for former Chair Regent James Tallon who retired earlier this year; he led the State Aid Subcommittee for the past 15 years.

Logistics Set For Hearing In Buffalo City School District Board Of Education V. Carl Paladino To Be Held Starting June 22

While the hearing in the matter of the application of the Buffalo City School District for the removal of Carl Paladino as a member of the Board of Education of the Buffalo City School District is open to the public, there is extremely limited seating available in the hearing room due to space limitations. Due to great public interest in the matter, the public are invited to view the hearing via live feed from the hearing room in the Chancellor’s Hall at the State Education Building located in Albany.

Chancellor Rosa and Commissioner Elia Send Letter to NY Congressional Delegation Urging Them to Tell President Trump $9 Billion in Education Cuts Are Dead on Arrival

Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia sent a letter to each member of New York’s Congressional delegation expressing concern over the devastating effects President Trump’s budget will have on educational, adult and cultural programs in New York. Chancellor Rosa and Commissioner Elia urge the delegation to tell President Trump that his budget is dead on arrival.

Parent Update from Commissioner Elia

This week, we posted 75 percent of questions from the 2017 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests that count toward student scores on these tests online at EngageNY.org . This is the second year in a row that more questions have been released than in previous years. Each released multiple-choice question includes the question itself and an item map that provides the answer key and the standard(s) measured by the question.

State Education Department Releases 75 Percent of Questions from 2017 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests

The State Education Department today announced that 75 percent of questions from the 2017 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests that count toward student scores in these tests are now posted online at EngageNY.org. This is the second year in a row that more questions have been released than in previous years. By June 12, several instructional reports based on the 2017 tests will be made available to districts and schools. Educators and parents will once again be able to review their students’ answers to constructed-response questions this year, giving them an even clearer picture of how well students are doing.

State Education Commissioner Elia Identifies 185 Reward Schools

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia identified 185 high achieving and high progress schools as Reward Schools today the Department announced. Reward Schools are schools that demonstrate either high academic achievement or the most progress with minimal gaps in student achievement between certain populations of students. Of the 185 identified schools, 127 of them were identified as Reward Schools last year, and 99 have been identified for three consecutive years as Reward Schools.

Parent Update from Commissioner Elia

This edition of Commissioner Elia's Parents Newsletter from May 5, 2017 includes information about the following: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, public hearings and public comments on the ESSA plan, and public comments on the Next Generation English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards.

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