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September 2014

...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.

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Welcome Back

The staff of the Office of Accountability welcomes all members of the New York State educational community back to school and looks forward to supporting your efforts to improve educational outcomes for students. We hope that school gets off to a smooth start and that you have a productive school year.

 Approved ESEA Waiver Renewal for 2014-15 and Commissioner King’s Letter to USDE

On July 31, 2014, the United States Department of Education (USDE) approved New York’s request for a one-year extension of flexibility under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) so that New York may continue to implement ESEA flexibility through the end of the 2014-15 school year.

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To secure approval of New York’s flexibility waiver prior to the start of the 2014-15 school year, the New York State Education Department (SED or “the Department”) temporarily withdrew amendment requests pertaining to assessment and accountability of certain students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs). On August 7, 2014, Commissioner John King formally resubmitted the previously withdrawn amendment requests as well as submitted a new request pertaining to Career and Technical Education assessments.  Discussions with the USDE regarding these amendment requests are ongoing.

The ESEA Flexibility waiver can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEAFlexibilityWaiver.html

Commissioner King’s letter can be accessed at:

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/NYSEDtoUSDEresubmissionofamendments080514-jk.pdf

The ESEA Flexibility Waiver amendments that the Commissioner submitted following the USDE’s approval of New York’s 2014-15 flexibility waiver request can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/Amendmentrequests080714.pdf.

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State Education Department Releases Grades 3-8 Assessment Results

On August 14, 2014, the Board of Regents, Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch, and State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. released the results of the spring 2014 Grades 3-8 Math and English Language Arts (ELA) assessments.

Students statewide made significant progress in math, including students in every need/resource group (urban, suburban, and rural). Statewide, the percentage of students scoring at the proficient level and above in math rose from 31.2 to 35.8 across all grades combined.

The percentage of students scoring at the partial proficiency level and above also rose in math, from 66.9 to 69.6 percent. Students made slight progress in ELA with the percentage of students scoring at the proficient level and above rose from 31.3 to 31.4 percent across all grades combined, though progress varied across the need/resource categories. The percentage of students scoring at the partial proficiency level and above in ELA also rose slightly, from 69 to 70 percent. Encouraging gains were made by Black and Latino students, particularly in New York City.

To access the Assessment Results press release please visit:

http://www.nysed.gov/news/2014/state-education-department-releases-grades-3-8-assessment-results

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Release of State-Provided Growth Scores for use in APPR

State-provided Growth Scores for grade 4-8 for use in 2013-14 APPR were released to teachers and their principals on August 22. State provided growth scores for principals of grade 9-12 schools were provided on August 28. In mid-September an online secure Growth Reporting System (GRS) will be available for authorized educators and administrators to log in and access their applicable State-provided Growth Scores. The data will not be made public until educator privacy protections are finalized, including the removal of small counts of educators in an evaluation category (Highly Effective, Effective, Developing, Ineffective) and the "blurring" of counts in certain instances to avoid the disclosure of personally identifiable information.

Districts are reminded that they are required to submit their APPR data to SED by October 17.

Please review the GRS Tutorial at: http://usny.nysed.gov/AIRNY/ and the GRS User Guide at: https://www.engageny.org/file/12711/download/grs-users-guide.pdf prior to logging into the system.

Final 2012-13 APPR data is now available to the public at: https://data.nysed.gov.

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Postponement of the Use of a Value-Added Model for the State-Provided Growth Scores for Annual Professional Performance Reviews (APPR)

In July, the Board of Regents voted to postpone the use of a value-added model as the State-provided growth subcomponent of APPR until at the earliest the 2015-16 school year. This postponement includes the use of a value-added model for classroom teachers in grades 4-8 ELA and math and their principals and high school principals.

This action by the Board of Regents maintains the weighting of State-provided growth scores at 20 percent, instead of increasing the weight to 25 percent. The Department will continue to conduct empirical analyses and recommend to the Board of Regents adoption of a value-added model when it is demonstrated that inclusion of additional variables improves the validity and reliability of the model.

For additional information about the postponed use of a value-added model please review the Board of Regents item at: http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2014/July2014/714brca4.pdf.

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Commissioner Identifies 354 Reward Schools under the ESEA Flexibility Waiver

On August 19, 2014 New York State Commissioner John B. King, Jr. identified 354 high achieving and high progress schools as Reward Schools. The Commissioner’s action was taken in accordance with New York State’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver, approved by the United States Department of Education in May 2012.

Reward Schools are either schools that have high achievement or schools that have made the most progress in the state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. To be identified as a Reward School, a school must:

  • Be among the top twenty percent of schools in the state for English Language Arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years or be among the top ten percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2012-13 school year.
  • Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95% of all groups participate in the ELA and mathematics assessments.
  • Not have unacceptably large gaps in the student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.

All Reward Schools received an official certificate from the Department in August 2014. To view the Reward School Press Release please visit: http://www.nysed.gov/http%3A//www.nysed.gov/node/add/press-releases

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2014 - 15 School and District Accountability Designations Released

On August 14, 2014, the Department posted the final accountability designation data based on 2012-13 school year assessment results at:http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEADesignations.html

A memo containing information regarding the release of accountability determinations based on the 2012-13 New York State Accountability Report can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/DataReleaseMemoDistricts.pdf

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Next Steps Required of Priority Schools and Focus Districts

On August 14, 2014, the Department posted the final accountability designation data based on 2012-13 school year assessment results at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/ESEADesignations.html

A memo containing information regarding the release of accountability determinations based on the 2012-13 New York State Accountability Report can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/DataReleaseMemoDistricts.pdf

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Next Steps for Districts in Good Standing with LAP Schools

In accordance with Commissioner’s Regulations, a district in Good Standing that has LAP Schools will be required to work with the identified school(s) to complete the Diagnostic Self-Review Document and Report Template for each identified LAP School.

SED has posted an informational pre-recorded webinar regarding the completion of the Diagnostic Self-Review Document online at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/Webinars.html.  Direct access to the webinar can be found at: http://ellum2.nyit.edu/play_recording.html?recordingId=1336519811574_1409151541246

The Diagnostic Self-Review Document and Report Template must be approved by the local board of education (or the Chancellor in New York City) for the district and posted to the district’s website by November 21, 2014. The Diagnostic Self-Review Document and Report Template can be found online at:

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

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Reminder: Guidance for Schools Districts Required to Submit Plans for “Out of Time” SchoolsBased on Commissioner’s Regulations, districts with “Out of Time” schools identified during the 2014-15 school year and that did not receive an extension to continue implementation of their current improvement plans must choose one of six options for implementation.

More information about guidance for “Out of Time Schools” can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/guidance.html

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September Diagnositic Tools for School and District Effiectiveness (DTSDE) Institute Reminder

The DTSDE 2014-15 Kick-off Institute will take place in Albany, NY on September 22-23. Registration has closed as of Friday, August 29 at 3:00 PM.

Participants are reminded that all cancellation requests must be received by Monday, September 15, 2014 to be eligible for a full refund.

For more information, please refer to: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/diagnostic-tool-institute/registration.html

 

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Outside Educational Expert (OEE) Applications

For Focus Districts interested in providing an Outside Educational Expert to serve on NYSED Integrated Intervention Teams (IIT) that conduct DTSDE reviews or to participate on district-led review teams, OEE applications are available at:

http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/documents/OEEApplication2014-15.doc and should be submitted to: DTSDEreviews@mail.nysed.gov

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2014-15 Deadline for District Comprehensive Improvement Plans (DCIPs) and School Comprehensive Education Plans (SCEPs)

DCIPs and SCEPs for the 2014-15 school year were due to the Department on July 31, 2014. If your district has not yet submitted either a DCIP or a SCEP, please contact Erica Meaker at 518-473-0295 or via e-mail at conappta@mail.nysed.gov.

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2014 - 15 Consolidated Application Update 

The deadline for submitting the 2014-15 Consolidated Application was August 31, 2014. All Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) applying for Title I, Title II, Title III and/or Title VI funds must complete the base application. New Charter School LEAs applying for the first time must complete all sections of the base Consolidated Application Update. New Charter School LEAs do not need to complete the Accountability Addendum.

All LEAs applying for these funds (Districts in Good Standing, Focus Districts and Focus Charter Schools) must complete the base application.

The Consolidated Application can be found at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/consolidatedappupdate/requiredforms.html

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Last Updated: December 30, 2014