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January 2016

...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

REGENTS UPDATES

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

REGENTS ACTIONS

Amendment to Regulations Regarding Graduation Requirements to Extend the Appeal Process to Include Appeal of Scores for the Safety Net Local Diploma for Students with Disabilities

At its December 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents adopted the proposed amendment of section 100.5(d)(7) of the Commissioner’s Regulations to include the appeal of scores for the safety net local diploma for students with disabilities.  

Under the proposed amendment, students with disabilities (except for students who make use of the compensatory option to obtain a Local Diploma) who are otherwise eligible to graduate in January 2016 or thereafter, and who score up to three points below a score of 55 on a Regents exam after at least two attempts, would be eligible to receive the Local Diploma via appeal. To be eligible to appeal a score of less than 55, the student must meet all other conditions of appeal, which can be found in the December 2015 Regents Item at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/1215p12a1.pdf.

The proposed amendment to section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education became effective on December 30, 2015.

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Addition of Sections 30-2.14 and 30-3.17 to the Rules of the Board of Regents Relating to Transition Ratings for Teachers and Building Principals during the Transition to Higher Standards through New State Assessments aligned to Revised Learning Standards and a Revised State-Approved Growth Model

At its December 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents made additions to sections 30-2.14 and 30-3.17 of the Rules of the Board of Regents, so that results from the grades 3-8 English language arts and mathematics State assessments and the use of any State-provided growth model based on these tests or other State assessments will not have consequences for teachers or students until State assessments are amended to reflect revisions to the Common Core learning standards.    

Additions to sections 30-2.14 and 30-3.17 of the Rules of the Board of Regents were based on December 10, 2015 Task Force recommendations and took effect as an emergency rule on December 15, 2015. It is anticipated that the Board of Regents will adopt the proposed amendment at its February meeting and the proposed amendment will become permanently effective on March 9, 2016.

The December 2015 Regents Item regarding the transition ratings for teachers and building principals during the transition to higher standards and a full summary of Task Force recommendations can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/1215bra10.pdf.

The supplemental presentation entitled “Alternate Scores for Teachers and Principals: Implementing a Transition to Higher Standards,” can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/P12APPRSlidedeck.pdf.

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REGENTS UPDATES

Update on Regents Exams Workgroup

At its December 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents was provided with an update by the workgroup that was convened to review the technical and policy aspects of the Common Core Regents Exams.

The issues that the workgroup identified for further discussion fall into the following categories:

  • The full implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards for the Class of 2022.
  • The raw-to-scale score transformations (i.e., conversion charts).
  • The performance level cut scores and percentage of students in each performance level.
  • The predictive ability of the Regents Exams for future success.
  • The content and types of questions found on the Regents Exams.

The workgroup has scheduled two meetings for the upcoming months to review the information gathered by Department staff and to continue the discussions on the issues identified above. The workgroup will continue to meet over the next several months to draft recommendations for Department consideration. Additional updates will be provided to the Board of Regents as the workgroup continues its discussions.

The December 2015 Regents Item regarding the update on the Regents exams workgroup can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/1215p12d2.pdf.

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Online Learning Advisory Council

At the December 2015 Regents meeting, the Online Learning Advisory Council co-chairs provided the Board of Regents with an overview of four recommendations, which are as follows:

  • The Legislature and Governor allocate $100 million to support multiyear professional development grants.
  • The Board of Regents, Legislature and Governor grant authority to the NYS Education Commissioner to provide certain waivers of regulations to support Innovation Networks.
  • The state adequately staff and support NYSED’s Education Technology capacity and resources.
  • Higher education systems develop teacher preservice experiences in online and blended learning.

In addition, the Online Learning Advisory Council recommended that the Board of Regents work collaboratively with the Commissioner of Education, Legislators, and Executive to support and implement the aforementioned recommendations.

The December 2015 Regents Item regarding the recommendations provided by the Online Learning Advisory Council can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/1215p12d3.pdf.

The supplemental presentation entitled “Online Learning Advisory Council Report Presentation,” can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/P-12Online%20Learning%20Advisory%20Council%20Report%20Presentation.pdf.

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New York State Common Core Learning Standards Survey and Review

At the December 2015 Board of Regents meeting, the Board of Regents adopted the suggested timeline and steps for revision of New York State’s Mathematics and English Language Arts P-12 Common Core Learning Standards. In addition, the results of the AIM High NY Survey were discussed.

Survey responses included thousands of comments and recommendations. The largest percentage of the feedback came from classroom teachers. More than 10,500 respondents provided feedback on one or more of the State’s current learning standards.

Going forward, the Department plans to pursue a transparent and wide-ranging stakeholder engagement strategy to make revisions to the standards, including:

  • Initial development of specific recommended revisions
  • Gathering feedback on initial recommendations via statewide stakeholder engagement:
  • Development of final suggested revisions:

This winter, the Department will announce additional opportunities for educators and other stakeholders to be involved in the revision process of the standards based on the feedback that was collected from the Aim High NY survey. As updates become available, they will be posted on the Department’s website at: www.nysed.gov/AIMHighNY. Additionally, a draft timeline will be released to the public that outlines the steps the Department intends to take to ensure a gradual and thoughtful transition to new standards.

The December 2015 Regents Item regarding the New York State Common Core Learning Standards survey and review can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/1215p12d4.pdf.

The supplemental presentation entitled “Common Core State Standards Review,” can be found at:

http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/AIMHighNYSlides.pdf.

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Summary of New York Common Core Task Force Final Report

At the December 2015 Board of Regents meeting, the P-12 Education Committee presented the summary of the New York Common Core Task Force’s final report. The presentation outlined 21 task force recommendations and a suggested Board of Regents and New York State Education Department action for each.

The presentation entitled “Summary of New York Common Core Task Force Final Report,” can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/Summary%20of%20New%20York%20Common%20Core%20Task%20Force%20Final%20Report_0.pdf.
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2014-2015 Statewide Evaluation Results

At the December 2015 Board of Regents meeting, the P-12 Education Committee presented the “2014-2015 Statewide Evaluation Results.” The eight slide presentation included:

  • Components of the 3012-c APPR Evaluation System
  • State-Provided Growth Results for Teachers and Principals
  • Statewide Composite HEDI Results for Teachers and Principals
  • A comparison of New York City to Rest of State regarding Overall Composite Ratings for Teachers and Principals.

The presentation entitled “2014-2015 Statewide Evaluation Results,” can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/2014-2015%20STATEWIDE%20EVALUATION%20RESULTS.pdf.

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Proposed Recommendations from the Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color and Blue Ribbon Committee

At the December 2015 Regents meeting, the Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color and Blue Ribbon Committee presented proposed recommendations to the Board of Regents for approval. There were seven recommendations regarding educational policy and seven recommendations regarding legislative policy and budget proposals.

If the Board of Regents approves the recommendations, the Department will:

•  Advocate for the inclusion of these recommendations during the upcoming State Budget process and Legislative Session;

•  Advance the implementation of the Education policy recommendations, including conducting an assessment of tasks to be completed, establishing timelines, and identifying and securing any additional needed resources; and

•  Continue to gather information from other areas across the State related to improving outcomes for boys and young men of color.

The December 2015 Regents Item regarding the Proposed Recommendations from the Workgroup to Improve Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color and Blue Ribbon Committee can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/1215bra7.pdf.

The supplemental presentation entitled “New York State Board of Regents Workgroup on Improving Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color” can be found at:

http://www.regents.nysed.gov/common/regents/files/Tuesday%20FB%20Workgroup%20Slides.pdf.

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

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 Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Focus District Institute was held on December 15-16, 2015. This session focused on District Comprehensive Improvement Plan and School Comprehensive Education Plan (DCIP/SCEP).

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 on the Office of Accountability website approximately 30 days prior to each session:

  • 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

  • April 19 - 20, 2016
  • May 25 - 26, 2016

Principal Mentoring Group – Albany at the Convention Center

  • May 24, 2016

Certification Group – Albany

  • 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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Last Updated: October 13, 2016