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February 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.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

REMINDERS

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

DCIP/SCEP Statewide Meeting

As the New York State Education Department prepares for the 2015-16 to 2018-19 ESEA Flexibility Waiver application, it is inviting representatives from Focus Districts and Priority and Focus Schools to attend a round table discussion regarding their experience with the District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP) and School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP) processes.

The meeting will be held on Monday, February 23, 2015 at the Cultural Education Center, Student Learning Center, in Albany, NY from 10:30 am through 3:30 pm, with lunch on your own.

The Cultural Education Center is located in the NYS Museum, 222 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12230.

Each district may send a team of up to three persons to represent the district.

Please send your RSVP to Erica Meaker at erica.meaker@nysed.gov no later than Tuesday, February 17, 2015.  

The Department is eager to obtain ideas from the field on how the DCIP and SCEP process can be improved and looks forward to your participation in this effort to make the DCIP and SCEP processes a better support for the needs of Focus Districts.

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Title I, Parts A & D Final Allocations and Final Child Count for 2014 - 15

An integral part of the Title I allocation process is child count data used by the U.S. Department of Education to apportion Title I monies between states, and then to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).

The child count dataset used for the 2014-15 Title I allocations is composed of the number of children:

  • ages 5-17 in poverty (U.S. Census, updated annually);
  • residing in institutions for the neglected (State Education Department annual survey);
  • in foster care (NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance); and
  • receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance).

The sum of the four determines the proportion of State Title I monies an LEA is allocated.  Allocations are based on the final eligible child count numbers. While most of the resulting changes in funding have occurred in the allocations for the LEAs that “send” their residents to a charter school, sometimes there are also minute changes in the allocations for other LEAs.

The final allocations for Title I, Parts A and D, per district, for 2014-15, are now posted at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/allocations/home.html

A list of final Title I Part D allocations by agency for 2014-15, can be found at:

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/allocations/1415/partddetailfinal.html

If you have questions or need additional information, feel free to contact the Title I office at: CONAPPTA@NYSED.GOV

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2015-16 Title I School Improvement Section 1003(a) Reward School Dissemination Grant Application – Round 2

As authorized by Section 1117 of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the ESEA Flexibility Waiver, grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to eligible Title I Reward Schools.  These funds are provided for Reward Schools to disseminate best practices, mentor low performing schools, and refine and enhance the best practices of the Reward School.

Who’s Eligible?

  • Title I Districts with Title I Schools identified as Reward Schools for student performance in both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years

Who’s Not Eligible?

  • Non-Title I Reward Schools, Reward Schools that were not identified in both the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years, and Charter Schools

For each school selected to participate in this program, districts may receive up to $75,000 in Federal 1003(a) School Improvement funds.  The funds are allocated as follows:

•    Up to $25,000 per school for required Dissemination Activities

•    $50,000 per school for Reward School Best Practices

The full grant description and application forms can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.html#reward-school.

For specific questions about the program, please e-mail SIGA@nysed.gov.

All applications for the grant must be postmarked by Saturday, February 28, 2015. 

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Register Now for Webinar Sessions in the Homeless Education Series for Winter/Spring 2015!

The NYS-TEACHS at Advocates for Children is inviting participants to register for webinars about students in temporary housing.  These webinars, which offer a broad range of information, will take place beginning on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 and conclude on Friday, March 27, 2015.        

The registration links for each webinar are listed by topic at: http://www.nysteachs.org/trainings/ under webinars.

Once accessed, the link for each webinar provides a full description of the content covered in the specific session.  Participating in NYS-TEACHS webinars will satisfy the New York State Education Department's requirement for each school district to participate in a McKinney-Vento training for the 2014-15 school year. There is no cost to participate.

One set of webinars is designed for audiences in New York City (NYC) and the other set is for audiences in all other areas of New York State (NYS). Participants are asked to select either NYC or NYS focused webinars customized to their region.  Participants should only register for the webinars for their region on any given topic.

For more information please contact NYS-TEACHS at Advocates for Children via e-mail at info@nysteachs.org or via telephone at (800) 388 -2014.

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 REMINDERSReminder - Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Learning Lab

The DTSDE Learning Lab is a Learning Management System (LMS) designed to provide continued training and support to all stakeholders involved in the DTSDE School and/or District Review Process. 

The development of the Learning Lab was a collaborative effort between the University of the State of New York - Regents Research Fund for School Innovation, Northeast Comprehensive Center at RMC Research, and the New York State Education Department. 

The Learning Lab can be found at:

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

Visitor setup for Learning Lab Courses began on Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Instructions regarding enrollment in courses and instructions on how to setup an account can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-tool institute/documents/CreateAnAccountandEnrollinginDTSDELearningLabNew.pdf

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Title I Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program and Grant

The Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program is a three-year program and grant intended to increase student achievement by encouraging greater socioeconomic integration in Priority and Focus Schools.

Who’s Eligible?

  • Title I Focus districts with poverty rates of at least 60% with at least ten schools in their district.
  • Title I Focus or Priority Schools with a poverty rate of at least 70%.

Who’s Not Eligible?

  • Charter Schools, Non-Title I Schools and Priority Schools receiving School Improvement Grants under Section 1003(g) or School Innovation Fund Grants.

For each school participating in this program, districts may receive up to $1,250,000 in Federal 1003(a) School Improvement funds.  Up to $250,000 may be used for planning and the remaining funds may be used for implementation, with the option to begin program implementation in either the 2015-16 or 2016-17 school year.

The Socioeconomic Integration Pilot Program and grant is not a competition. All eligible districts that successfully complete the application process for eligible schools will be funded.  The full grant description and application forms can be found at:  http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/2015-18-title-1-ses-integration-grant/home.html.

For specific questions about the program, please e-mail SIGA@nysed.gov.

All applications for the grant must be postmarked by Friday, February 13, 2015.

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 January 7-8, 2015 and the Professional Learning Community Program (PLCP) session held on February 4-5, 2015 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, NY.

The next Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Institute will be held on March 26 - 27, 2015 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, NY.

Who should attend?

  • District representatives assigned to participate in IIT reviews or those leading District-led reviews.
  • District staff who work with Focus and/or Priority Schools.
  • District-selected Outside Educational Experts (OEE).
  • Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBE-RN) and Special Education Student Information System (SESIS) representatives.
  • Principals of Focus or Priority Schools.
  • Individuals in each group who will participate in state-led IIT reviews.

Registration for the March 26 - 27, 2015 training will be available at https://rttt-nti.fluidreview.com in February.                                                

All questions pertaining to the March 26 - 27, 2015 DTSDE Institute may be sent to:DTSDEtraining@mail.nysed.gov.

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Last Updated: December 9, 2015