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April 2015

...a monthly update on the New York State Education Department’s Office of Accountability (OA) activities relevant to school districts, schools, the education community and other stakeholders.

REGENTS ACTIONS

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

REMINDERS

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REGENTS ACTIONS

2015 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Waiver Renewal Application

At its March 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents directed the Commissioner of Education and the State Education Department to submit an ESEA Waiver Renewal Request and associated waiver amendments to the United States Department of Education (USDE). Once approved by the USDE and after the Board of Regents have adopted conforming regulations, the ESEA Waiver Renewal Request will be in place from the 2015-16 through 2018-19 school year or until superseded by ESEA reauthorization.

The ESEA waiver amendments and attachments can be accessed at:

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEAFlexibilityWaiver.html

The March 2015 Regents Item regarding the ESEA Waiver Renewal Application can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2015Meetings/March/315p12a5.pdf

The Power Point presentation regarding the ESEA Flexibility Waiver Renewal for 2015-19, presented at the March 2015 Board of Regents meeting can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2015Meetings/March/ESEA.pdf

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Approved Amendment of Commissioner’s Regulations, Relating to Advanced Designation Diploma and Pathway Requirements

At the March 2015 Regents meeting, an amendment related to the Advanced Designation Diploma and Pathway Requirements was adopted.

The Board of Regents approved technical amendments to section 100.5 of Commissioner’s Regulations (CR) to:

  • clarify the requirements for earning a Regents Diploma with advanced designation by students who elect to meet the requirements for a Regents diploma through the mathematics or science pathway options; and
  • allow students to earn a Regents diploma through the humanities pathway by passing either an additional Regents assessment, or a Department approved alternative, in a different course in Social Studies or English.

The amendments to CR § 100.5 became effective as an emergency rule on March 17, 2015 for a 90-day period. It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be presented for adoption as a permanent rule at the June 15-16, 2015 Regents meeting after publication in the State Register and expiration of the 45-day public comment period prescribed for State agency rule making.

The March 2015 Regents Item regarding the proposed amendment of the Commissioner’ Regulations, relating to advanced designation diploma and pathway requirements can be found at:

http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2015Meetings/March/315p12a1.pdf

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Graduation Requirements and the Class of 2022

A presentation entitled “Graduation Requirements and the Class of 2022” was presented to the Board of Regents by Department staff at the March 2015 Board of Regents meeting. In February 2014, the Board of Regents delayed the phase-in of new graduation requirements to allow for the full implementation of the Common Core standards. The deadline for full implementation of the Common Core standards was postponed from 2017 to 2022.

Based on the new graduation requirements, the Class of 2022 (students who first enter grade 9 in the 2018-19 school year) will need to pass the new ELA and math Regents Exams at the proficiency level for graduation purposes. As is presently the case, the Classes of 2017 to 2021 are required to pass these exams with a score of 65, or partial proficiency.

Existing safety nets will remain in place, or even expand, for general education students, students with disabilities, and English language learners.

The presentation regarding “Graduation Requirements and the Class of 2022” presented at the March 2015 Board of Regents meeting, can be found at:

http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2015Meetings/March/2022.pdf

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New York State Blue Ribbon Panel for the Arts

Following the decision to create “4+1 Assessment Pathways” in January 2015, the Board of Regents, at its March 2015 meeting, directed Department staff to convene a Blue Ribbon Panel for the Arts to examine how other states provide pathways to graduation in the arts in order to:

  • Determine the role of assessment in this pathway, and
  • Evaluate assessments used to measure student achievement in the arts.

Based on this directive, the Department has collected nominations from the field for the Blue Ribbon Panel for the Arts and will announce the Panel in the spring. The Panel will begin meeting in spring 2015, and it is anticipated that the Panel will submit recommendations to the Commissioner for approved arts assessments in fall 2015. In addition, the Department has begun review of a limited number of recognized arts assessments for possible approval in spring 2015.

The March 2015 Regents Item regarding the New York State Blue Ribbon Panel for the Arts can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2015Meetings/March/315p12ced2.pdf

http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2015Meetings/February/215p12a1.pdf

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 GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTSUpcoming Release of 2015 – 16 School and District Accountability Designations for Focus Districts, Priority Schools and Focus Schools

In April 2015, the Department plans to release the progress, removal and final accountability designation data for Focus Districts, Priority Schools and Focus Schools based on 2013-14 school year assessment results.

A memo containing information regarding the release of accountability determinations will be sent to Focus Districts and posted at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEAMaterials.html

For a Focus District to be eligible for removal from Focus status, all of its Focus Schools and Priority Schools must make two years of progress, meet minimum performance requirements, and meet the participation rate for ELA and mathematics.

In order to be eligible for removal from Focus status, a Focus School must make two years of progress, meet minimum performance requirements, and meet the participation rate for ELA and mathematics.  In some cases, in order for a Focus School to be removed from Focus status, a district must designate another school to assume the Focus School designation.

For a Priority School to be eligible for removal from Priority status, the school must make two years of progress, meet minimum performance requirements, and meet the participation rate for ELA and mathematics. 

Methodology documents describing the progress and removal criteria will be made available prior to the release of the memo at:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEAMaterials.html  

Questions related to the upcoming release of 2015-16 school and district accountability designations for Focus Districts, Priority Schools and Focus Schools may be sent to: accountinfo@nysed.gov

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Inclusion of Grade 8 Algebra I Regents Exam Results in State-Provided Growth Scores

A March 23, 2015 memo from Assistant Commissioners Ira Schwartz and Julia Rafal-Baer informed the field that the New York State Education Department is working with a vendor to calculate Student Growth Percentiles for eighth grade students who take only the Regents Examination in Algebra I (Common Core) and do not also take the NYS Common Core Mathematics Assessment for their grade.  This calculation will enable students enrolled in eighth grade Algebra to contribute to their teachers’ and principals’ State-provided growth score results in 2014-15. 

In order to accomplish the inclusion of eighth grade Algebra I results in growth scores, districts and BOCES were informed that results for the Regents Examination in Algebra I (Common Core) must be scored and submitted by Friday, June 26, 2015.

Additional details can be found in the field memo at: Accountability Grade 8 Algebra Memo_03.23.15.pdf

Questions related to the inclusion of Grade 8 Algebra I Regents exam results, can be addressed to educatoreval@nysed.gov, with the subject line “Grade 8 Algebra student growth.”

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Guidance Regarding Tuition Reimbursement and Out-of-State/Country Children who Become Homeless

A March 2015 memo from Assistant Commissioner Ira Schwartz and Director Steven Wright regarding tuition reimbursement and Guidance Regarding Out-of-State/Country Children was distributed via e-mail to the field. The purpose of this joint field memo was to clarify when a New York State (NYS) school district is eligible to receive additional state aid (tuition reimbursement) for the cost of educating a child in temporary housing who arrives from outside of NYS and how the school district can request such aid. 

The memo containing guidance regarding tuition reimbursement and out-of-State/country children who become homeless can be accessed at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/memos.html and also at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/homeless/guidancememos.html.

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Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) District-led Review and School Review with District Oversight

The Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) is an annual process for all Focus and Priority Schools.

For each Focus and Priority school that will not receive an Integrated Intervention Team (IIT) visit in any given year, a District-led review or School Review with District Oversight must be conducted.

Districts have the option of completing the District-led Review in one of three ways:

  • A District-review team utilizes at all five Tenets and writes the report at the Tenet level;
  • A District-review team considers a minimum of three tenets, one of which must be Tenet 3, and writes the report to the Statement of Practice (SOP) level; and
  • A school conducts an evaluation of the Common Core Conceptual Frame with the assistance and oversight of the District.

The School Review with District Oversight focuses on the review of curriculum as defined by the Common Core Conceptual Frame, containing Statements of Practices(SOPs) from Tenets 2, 3, and 4 of the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE).  The school should use the results of the review as a guide to develop its next School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP).  The District should use the synthesis of school reviews as a guide to develop the next District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP).

DTSDE School Review with District Oversight Documents can be found at:

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-tool institute/DTSDESchoolReviewDocuments_000.html

DTSDE District-led review Documents can be found at:

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-toolinstitute/DTSDESchoolReviewwithDistrictOversight.html

Questions related to District-led Reviews and School Reviews with District Oversight can be addressed to: DTSDEreviews@nysed.gov.

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Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Institute

The Office of Accountability would like to express its appreciation to all participants and presenters who attended the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Institute on March 26 and 27, 2015. This Institute focused on developing high-quality District Comprehensive Improvement Plans (DCIP) and School Comprehensive Education Plans (SCEP).  The Office of Accountability looks forward to continued partnership with schools and districts to support ongoing efforts to create successful outcomes for all students in New York State.

Information regarding the registration for the upcoming DTSDE will be forthcoming.

All questions pertaining to DTSDE Institutes may be sent to: DTSDEtraining@mail.nysed.gov.            

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Focus District Statewide Feedback Meeting
On February 23, 2015 representatives from more than 30 Focus Districts participated in an all-day discussion with Department staff regarding the District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP) and School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP) processes.  Through this engagement with districts, Department staff was able to gain insight regarding district and school experiences with the DCIP and SCEP processes; the degree to which the current Focus District set-asides have supported efforts to increase student achievement; and what recommendations districts have regarding how the DCIP and SCEP processes may be improved. 

The Department has extensively documented the feedback received.  Later on this month staff will be sharing the feedback with all Focus Districts and use the feedback to inform actions the Department will take to modify the DCIP and SCEP processes.

All questions pertaining to DCIP and SCEP processes may be sent to: CONAPPTA@mail.nysed.gov

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                                                                                                                                                                 REMINDERS

Reminder – Enroll in the DTSDE Learning Lab

The New York State Education Department has developed an online Learning Management System (LMS) called the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Learning Lab. The Learning Lab is designed to provide continued training and support to all stakeholders involved in the DTSDE School and/or District Review Process.

We are inviting everyone to enroll in the DTSDE Learning Lab, which includes the DTSDE Learning Series that provides the opportunity to access a variety of stand-alone units within a series. 

Currently, we have launched two new sections entitled: “New to the DTSDE Process” and “Audience Specific Topics.” 

In April 2015, we will launch the Beginner’s Course in the DTSDE Self-Paced Course. 

The DTSDE Learning Lab can be found at:

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-tool-institute/DTSDELearningLab.html.

ENROLLMENT IS OPEN NOW!  Instructions to setup an account and enroll in the DTSDE Learning Lab can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-tool-institute/documents/CreateAnAccountandEnrollinginDTSDELearningLabNew.pdf

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Reminder – The Deadline for the Registration of Public Schools has Passed

The Department requires that school districts making changes to the registration of schools for the 2015-16 school year, submit the appropriate forms by Monday, March 2, 2015. However, extensions for submitting School Registration forms can be granted based on a written request from the district. The written request can be sent to accountinfo@nysed.gov. Public School Registration changes include:

  • opening a new public school
  • closing an existing public school
  • modifying the grade organization of an existing public school, and/or
  • changing the location of a school

School Registration forms can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/newschool/

In addition to the submission of forms, regulations also require districts to submit a signed copy of the Board of Education resolution stating all changes that have been requested for each school in the district.

After the district submission is received, staff will review the submission and the Commissioner will make recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding approval of the petitions.  The district must satisfactorily demonstrate that the school will be operated in an educationally sound manner; is in compliance with applicable statutes, rules and regulations relating to public schools; and will operate in accordance with applicable building codes and pursuant to a certificate of occupancy.  School Registration petitions that were submitted by Monday, March 2, 2015 will be reviewed by the Board of Regents at its June 2015 meeting.

School Registration submissions and inquiries regarding the process can be sent to: accountinfo@nysed.gov

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Last Updated: December 9, 2015