Advocacy Update – NYSED Releases Draft State ESSA Plan
May 10, 2017
On Monday, the State Education Department released a draft of the State's ESSA plan, which will shape the new accountability system in the state. A draft of the full plan and a summary are included below. This draft plan is now out for public comment. The department will be holding a series of public hearings across the state to maximize public engagement. Speakers will be allowed to testify on a first come, first served basis, for a maximum of 3 minutes. Written comments can also be submitted. It is critical that board member voices be heard throughout this process. NYSSBA urges you to participate in your regional hearing, to discuss how the draft plan may impact your district. To assist with that participation, and because the draft plan is lengthy, we have identified some key provisions of the draft plan that you may wish to address in your comments.
Comments can also be submitted via email to ESSAComments@nysed.gov with "ESSA Comments from (sender/organization name)" in the subject line. Comments submitted via mail should be sent to the attention of Dr. Lisa Long, New York State Education Department, Office of Accountability, 4th Floor, 55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, New York 11217. Comments will be accepted through June 16th.
NYSED Releases Revised ELA and Math Standards
Last week, the State Education Department released revised P-12 ELA and Math standards. These standards, designed with more than two years of stakeholder input, were considered by the Board of Regents on Tuesday.
Comments on the standards will be accepted by the department through June 2nd. Additional information about the changes to the standards and instructions on how to comment can be viewed below.
USDA Announces Action to Provide Flexibility in School Meal Programs
Last week, the US Department of Agriculture announced that they would take action to increase flexibility in the administration of school meal programs, specifically around sodium and whole grain targets. Additional information about the changes can be viewed below.
2017 Resolution Kit
The 2017 Resolution Kit is now available. Please review and consider submitting a resolution for consideration at the 2017 Annual Business Meeting. As a reminder the deadline for resolution submission is close of business July 10, 2017.
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