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March 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 February 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents directed the Commissioner of Education and the State Education Department to issue for public comment a draft ESEA Waiver Renewal Application. The public comment period ended on February 26, 2015.  Following the analysis of public comment, Department staff will present a proposed final application for action by the Regents in March.

The ESEA waiver amendments and attachments can still be accessed at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEAFlexibilityWaiver.html

The February 2015 Regents Item regarding the ESEA Waiver Renewal Application can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2015Meetings/February/215bra4.pdf

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

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Adoption of Permanent Rule Relating to the Transition to the Algebra I Common Core Regents Examination

At its February 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents adopted as a permanent rule the proposed amendments relating to the transition to the Common Core Regents Examination in Algebra I.

The purpose of the rule is to provide technical clarification and additional flexibility in transition to the Common Core Regents Examination in Algebra I.  Also, the rule defines that for the June 2015 test administration only, students receiving Algebra I (Common Core) instruction that began prior to September 2014, may, at the discretion of the applicable school district, take the Regents Examination in Integrated Algebra in addition to the Regents Examination in Algebra I (Common Core).  A student taking these exams may meet the mathematics requirement for graduation by passing either examination.

The proposed amendment relating to the transition to the Common Core Regents Examination in Algebra I, presented to the Full Board for adoption at the February 2015 Regents meeting can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2015Meetings/February/215brca2.pdf

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Amendment of Section 100.2(y) of the Commissioner’s Regulations Relating to Student Enrollment

At its February 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents adopted section 100.2(y) of the Commissioner’s Regulations as an emergency rule to provide clear requirements for school districts regarding student enrollment of unaccompanied minors and other undocumented youth. The purpose of the emergency rule is to ensure that all New York State school districts comply with federal and state laws regarding student access to public education.

It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be presented for adoption as a permanent rule at the March 16-17, 2015 Regents meeting.

The February 2015 Regents item relating to student enrollment of unaccompanied minors and other undocumented youth can be found at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2015Meetings/February/215brca1.pdf

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Technical Amendment to Regulations Regarding Graduation Requirements for English Language Learners

At its February 2015 meeting, the Board of Regents amended and adopted as a permanent rule section 100.5(d)(7) of the Commissioner’s Regulations so that it includes additional students who entered grade 9 prior to the 2010-11 school year.  The rule has also been adopted to align the Commissioner’s Regulations with the recently adopted pathways regulations.

The amendment of section 100.5(d)(7) extends to English language learners (ELLs) (who meet all other conditions for appeal and are otherwise eligible to graduate in January 2015 and thereafter) the ability to graduate with a Local Diploma via appeal. The purpose of the amendment is to clarify the appeal process as it applies to ELLs who meet:

  • one or more graduation assessment requirements via an available alternative pathway and
  • all other conditions for appeal.

The proposed amendment regarding Graduation Requirements for English language learners can be found at:

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

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 GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Deadline for the Registration of Public Schools

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 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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2013-14 Educator Evaluation Ratings Available

NYSED released 2013-14 Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) rating data for teachers and principals on Thursday, February 26. Overall composite ratings, as well as ratings on each of three subcomponents and State-Provided Growth (SPG) ratings, are available for viewing on the Public Data Access Site (http://data.nysed.gov). State- and district-level APPR and SPG researcher files are also available for download on the site.

For answers to frequently asked questions about APPR and State-Provided Growth Ratings, please see: https://data.nysed.gov/files/FAQ.pdf

For details regarding Evaluation Data Business Rules, please see: https://data.nysed.gov/businessrules.php?type=evaluation

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Revised Final Allocations for Title I, Parts A and D are Now Posted

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) was notified by the United States Department of Education (USDE) that the final 2014-15 Title I allocations previously provided to NYSED were revised for a second time. As a result, the final 2014-15 Title I allocations for New York State School Districts, Charter Schools and Special Act School Districts that were posted on January 26, 2015 were revised to reflect the new allocation information provided by USDE.

The revised final 2014-15 Title I allocations are now available on the NYSED website at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/allocations/1415/tiallocfinal.html. LEAs should submit an FS-10A budget amendment form to account for allocation changes, as needed.

If you have questions or need additional information, feel free to contact the Title I Office at CONAPPTA@ NYSED.GOV or call (518) 473-0295. 

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District Comprehensive Improvement Plan/School Comprehensive Education Plan Feedback for 2014-15

The District Comprehensive Improvement Plan/School Comprehensive Education Plan Feedback Webinar was conducted by the Title I Office to offer insight into how to interpret feedback currently being sent to Superintendents by NYSED regarding District Comprehensive Improvement Plans (DCIP) and School Comprehensive Education Plans (SCEP).  The presentation also provides steps on how to use the feedback to inform revisions to 2014-15 DCIP and SCEP plans as well as how to begin planning for 2015-16.

The District Comprehensive Improvement Plan/School Comprehensive Education Plan Feedback Webinar can be accessed at: http://ellum2.nyit.edu/play_recording.html?recordingId=1336521312266_1423058279233

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                                                                                                                                                                    REMINDERS

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 Professional Learning Community (PLC) Program on December 2-3, 2014 and January 8-9, 2015.

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.

This Institute will be focused on developing high-quality District Comprehensive Improvement Plans (DCIP) and School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP).  Districts are encouraged to invite key representatives responsible for the development of DCIP and SCEPs.

This session will not cover DTSDE reviewer practices.  Those who have attended previous trainings because they are responsible for conducting DTSDE reviews should note that their participation is not mandatory.  Individuals responsible for the development and implementation of SCEPs and DCIPs should plan on attending in their place.

Registration for the March 26 - 27, 2015 Institute is now closed.

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

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Reminder - 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 session 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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Reminder - 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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Last Updated: December 9, 2015