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December 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 ACTION

REGENTS UPDATE

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

REMINDER

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REGENTS ACTION

Proposed Amendment of Section 100.2(c)(11) of the Commissioner’s Regulations to Allow an Exemption of a Student with a Disability from the Requirement for Instruction in Hands-Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the Use of Automated External Defibrillators

At its November 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents adopted, on  an emergency  basis,  the  proposed amendment of section 100.2(c)(11) of  the Commissioner’s  Regulations to allow an exemption from the requirement for instruction in hands only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)  and  the  use  of automated  external  defibrillators (AED) for  a  student  with  disabilities who is cognitively unable  to  perform the tasks included in the instructions.

The emergency rule regarding students with disabilities, and exemption from required instruction in the use of CPR and AEDs, will take effect on November 17, 2015.  It  is  anticipated  that  the  rule will  be  presented  for adoption as a permanent rule at the February 2016 Board of Regents meeting, after publication of a Notice of Proposed Rule Making in the State Register on December 2, 2015 and expiration of a 45-day public comment period.

The November 2015 Regents Item regarding the exemption of Students with a Disabilities from the requirement for instruction in CPR and the use of AEDs can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/1115p12a1.pdf

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REGENTS UPDATE

Policy Relating to the Placement of Students with Disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment

At its November 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents discussed a new policy relating to the placement of Students with Disabilities in least restrictive environments (LRE).

Based on a review of LRE data, the proposed policy would require all school districts to take steps to ensure that students with disabilities have access to high quality inclusive settings. In addition, specific districts would be required to:

  • Conduct an annual review of inclusive settings.
  • Implement plans on committees on preschool special education.
  • Submit a report to the Commissioner, and publicly post the report on the district’s website.
  • Include in the report data regarding the amount of time students with disabilities spend in special classes, regular education classes and separate schools.

The proposed LRE framework will be discussed with stakeholders. Public comment will be summarized and presented to the Board of Regents in the spring of 2016 to determine if the Regents will support a proposed amendment to regulations relating to LRE.

The November 2015 Regents Item regarding the policy relating to the placement of students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/1115p12d2.pdf.

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Guide to Understanding the New Rules for School Registration

In July 2015, the Commissioner’s Regulations governing enrollment were amended to ensure that all students, and in particular unaccompanied youth, have timely access to school. The Regulations require that school districts accept a broader range of documents to establish residency and set out timelines for making residency determinations. “A Guide to Understanding the New Rules for School Registration” details these changes and is designed for parents so that they better understand the enrollment process.

“A Guide to Understanding the New Rules for School Registration” can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/homeless/guidancememos.html. The guide has been posted in several new languages including: Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Simplified) and Traditional, French, Haitian Creole, Karen, Nepali, Russian and Urdu. The guide has also been posted in English and Spanish.

Determining McKinney-Vento Eligibility for Students in Direct Placements

Recently, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has received requests for clarification on whether students who have been removed from their home by child welfare officials but not placed in foster care are eligible under the McKinney-Vento Act.

Based on these inquires, the Department has issued a field memo to assist Local Child Education Agencies (LEAs) and McKinney-Vento liaisons (also known as LEA liaisons or homeless liaisons) with McKinney-Vento eligibility determinations when a student has been removed from his/her home because of an allegation of abuse or neglect and the child welfare agency arranges for a relative or family friend to assume temporary custody of the student, rather than place the student in foster care. In most of these cases, at least initially, the student should be considered homeless and is therefore protected under the McKinney-Vento Act and related state law.

To access the field memo regarding the determination of McKinney-Vento eligibility for students in direct placements please visit: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/homeless/docs/fm_directplacementguidance.pdf.

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New York State Teacher of the Year 2017 Information

New York State wishes to recognize and celebrate exceptionally skilled and passionate educators. This year, the Department will identify five teachers to serve as ambassadors for New York State teachers. Of these five teachers, one will be selected as the New York State Teacher of the Year and nominated for the National Teacher of the Year program.

A nominee must:

  • Be rated “effective” or “highly effective” on his or her Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) or, if the APPR is not applicable to his or her current teaching area, have a record of superior teaching performance as evidenced by student learning gains, assessments, and recognition of work;
  • Demonstrate exceptional educational talent as evidenced by effective instructional practices and student learning results in the classroom and school;
  • Be an exceptionally skilled and dedicated teacher;
  • Be appropriately credentialed within his or her current teaching area and work directly with students in a public school at any grade level or in any subject area from pre-kindergarten through grade 12;
  • Plan to remain in the field of education during and after his or her year of recognition;
  • Have a minimum of five years of current teaching experience;
  • Demonstrate leadership through active roles in the school and community; and
  • Be poised and articulate, with the energy and equanimity to manage a busy schedule.

While all of these qualifications are considered, the most important qualification is the superior ability to inspire learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities.

Any parent, community member, student, or educator can nominate an individual who meets the selection criteria outlined above to be a New York State Teacher of the Year. Nominees must complete and submit the application by Monday, February 1, 2016. For more information on the timeline and process, please visit: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/toty/home.html.

To access the 2017 Teacher of the Year announcement please visit: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/toty/2017%20TOTY%20Announcement%20Flyer.pdf.

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2015-16 Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE)/Focus District Institutes

The next Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Focus District Institute will be held on December 15-16, 2015. This session will focus on District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and School Comprehensive Education Plan (DCIP/SCEP), not the DTSDE review process. More information is available on our website at the link below: http://p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-tool-institute/registration.html.

Two additional Focus District Institutes are scheduled during the 2015-16 school year and are as follows:

  • March 10-11, 2016
  • May 4-5, 2016

The following information will be posted approximately 30 days prior to each session on the Office of Accountability website:

  • Deadline for registration;
  • Registration link and access code;
  • Final date for cancellation of registration;
  • Acceptable methods of payment;
  • Cut off dates for room block reservations; and
  • Link that provides guidance for parking near or at the Convention Center  

More information about the 2015-16 training Institutes can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-tool-institute/registration.html.

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Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Cohort Training

Training for the established DTSDE cohort groups (listed below) will continue in the 2015 -16 school year based on the following schedule:

Professional Learning Community (PLC) Group – Albany at the Convention Center

  • December 2 - 3,2015
  • January 11 - 12,2016
  • April 19 - 20,2016
  • May 25 - 26,2016

Principal Mentoring Group – Albany at the Convention Center

  • November 13, 2015
  • May 24, 2016

Certification Group – NYC and Albany

  • NYC – date and venue to be announced
  • Albany – date and venue to be announced

For information regarding upcoming training please contact DTSDETraining@nysed.gov.

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The Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award

The Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award, which is sponsored by the Board of Regents, honors the life and career of Helen Bach Moss, a young New York State educator who passed away in 1988. The purpose of the award is to recognize elementary teachers who are gifted in finding and nurturing the strengths of each student and fostering trusting relationships among pupils, parents, teachers, and administrators.

Eligible nominees must be currently teaching at the elementary level (Pre K-6) at a public or private school, and be appropriately credentialed in New York State.

Applications will be accepted until the close of business on Friday, April 1, 2016.

For more information about the Helen Bach Moss Memorial Better Beginnings Award, please visit http://www.highered.nysed.gov/bba.html.

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Science Survey Posted

Over the course of many months and in collaboration with numerous science education stakeholders across New York State, the New York State Education Department spearheaded the development of draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards. The Education Department recently posted the draft New York State P-12 Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) for public preview at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci/nys-p12-science-ls-intro.html.

In order to collect feedback related to the draft NYSSLS, the Department has posted a survey that will allow respondents to rate the draft NYSSLS against a set of research-based standards evaluation criteria. The survey may be accessed at https://www.research.net/r/DRAFT-NYS-Science-Learning-Standards. The feedback received will inform revisions to the draft NYSSLS prior to presenting them to the Board of Regents for discussion and eventual adoption.

Thank you, in advance, for participating in this important survey. The survey will remain open until close of business on Friday, February 5, 2016.

If you have any questions and/or comments, please contact Will Jaacks at 518-474-5922 or Anthony.Jaacks@nysed.gov.

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REMINDER

2015-16 Local Assistance Plan Deadline has Passed

The deadline for completing Local Assistance Plans was Friday, November 20, 2015. The link to each plan should have submitted to: accountinfo@nysed.gov by the deadline. We encourage you to submit your plans immediately, if you have not yet done so.

For additional information please write to: accountinfo@nysed.gov.

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Last Updated: December 9, 2015