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  • The Board of Regents today named Christopher Albrecht the 2018 New York State Teacher of the Year and awarded the 2017 Marge A. Tierney Memorial Scholarship to Simone Sylvester, a graduate student at Hunter College, the City University of New York, the State Education Department announced today.
  • Section 1003(a) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires that State Education Agencies allocate funds to Local Education Agencies (LEA) to carry out the State's responsibilities under sections 1116 and 1117, which may include providing support to Reward Schools to mentor staff at Priority and Focus Schools and to refine and enhance the Reward School’s own best practices.
  • The Board of Regents P-12 Committee today approved New York’s Next Generation Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The State Education Department conducted a collaborative process over two years to revise the standards, which involved numerous educators, parents and stakeholders from across the State, and resulted in substantive changes while maintaining the academic rigor of the learning standards.
  • The Board of Regents today approved the New York Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, which will be submitted to the United States Education Department (USDE) on September 18 for review and approval. It is anticipated that USDE will provide feedback to the Department in December 2017. Final approval of the state’s ESSA plan is expected early next year.
  • Welcome back to school! I hope summer vacation gave you time to rest, recharge, and relax with family and friends. As much as I am thrilled that school is starting again, the difficult news coming out of Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the events that happened in Charlottesville last month are reminders of the challenges facing our country today. Given the connectedness of the modern world, the heartbreaking images of flooding in Houston and news clips of the unrest in Charlottesville are nearly unavoidable. Even though these things took place many miles from New York, they still have a profound effect on us and our children.
  • I hope you're enjoying the end of summer and are getting ready for the back to school season. At the State Education Department, we recently released the results of the 2017 Grades 3-8 English language arts and mathematics assessments.The results were generally positive and showed modest improvements in both ELA and math, although achievement gaps remain. Also included in this edition of News and Notes is information on: Liberty Partnerships Program Grants to Keep Students in School, Waivers Related to State ESSA Plan for Public Comment, and Office of Cultural Education Resources for Teachers.
  • Earlier this week, the State Education Department released the results of the 2017 Grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests. Overall, there was a modest improvement in scores statewide, which means we're moving in the right direction. In ELA this year, the percentage of students in grades 3-8 who scored at the proficient level (Levels 3 and 4) increased by 1.9 percentage points to 39.8, up from 37.9 in 2016. In math, the percentage of students who scored at the proficient level increased this year to 40.2, up 1.1 percentage point from 39.1 in 2016.
  • The State Education Department today released the results of the 2017 Grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests. In ELA this year, the percentage of students in grades 3-8 who scored at the proficient level (Levels 3 and 4) increased by 1.9 percentage points to 39.8, up from 37.9 in 2016. In math, the percentage of students who scored at the proficient level increased this year to 40.2, up 1.1 percentage point from 39.1 in 2016.
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