April 24, 2015
August 13, 2018
According to Tom Dinki at the Olean Times Herald, the Olean City School District in New York wants more of its students to be “halfway toward earning their college diploma by the time they graduate high school,” so the district is developing an “Academy of Excellence,” which...
July 25, 2018
Newsday’s Lane Filler writes that the “federal government requires that students in third through eighth grades take standardized tests in math and English each year, and requires that districts and schools have at least 95 percent of their eligible students take those tests.” At the...
June 11, 2018
John Hildebrand reports in Newsday that in New York, districts that have a high opt-out rate on state assessments “could be required to use part of their federal aid to get more students to take the mandated exams under regulations tentatively approved” on June 11.
May 12, 2018
Miranda Materazzo reports for the Watertown Daily News that, to “help implement its rollout of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the state Education Department announced it would issue new resources and guidelines next month to support social and emotional learning.” Three main social-emotional goals have...
January 22, 2018
According to the Daily Gazette, schools in New York will “learn in the fall whether they have been identified for extra measures of support and monitoring under” the state’s ESSA plan, which was recently approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
November 9, 2017
Chalkbeat’s Monica Disare says the State of New York “wants to allow some students with disabilities to take below-grade-level exams,” an approach which has engendered significant opposition, especially from special-education advocates. And now the City of New York can be added to the list of...
October 17, 2017
Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...
October 4, 2017
“New York state’s high school graduation rate may take a hit due to an under-the-radar provision in” ESSA, reports Chalkbeat New York. The new law “requires states to count only ‘standard’ diplomas earned by a “preponderance” of students or honors diplomas in their federal graduation...
September 11, 2017
The New York State Board of Regents has approved its state ESSA plan “laying out the state’s goals for its education system.” Under the plan, “elementary and middle schools would continue to be evaluated on English and math test scores and high schools on graduation...
July 18, 2017
The New York Dept. of Education released an updated version of the state’s draft ESSA plan. It is now with Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has 30 days to review the plan.
July 11, 2017
Advocates argue that New York state’s “proposed rating system for reporting on how well schools serve specific ‘subgroups’ sends the wrong message… by creating uneven standards for students of different races, ethnicities and backgrounds.” Ian Rosenblum, executive director of EdTrust-NY, says “the methodology could create...
May 25, 2017
In an interview with The Observer-Dispatch, New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia discussed the state’s draft ESSA plan. Elia commented that “our plan has more variables and indicators for what it really means to be a successful school,” and “it’s more than just test...
May 17, 2017
New York’s District Parent Coordinating Council raised concerns over the lack of “federal oversight” among state ESSA plans. DPCC member Byron McIntyre stated “the responsibility is on the state to make the regulations to enforce this. That’s a major concern.” DPCC will host a meeting...
May 11, 2017
Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia launched a series of public hearings to receive feedback on the state’s ESSA plan. Thirteen meetings will be hosted throughout the state and their purpose is to “review a draft state plan for boosting academic achievement and encouraging student participation in...
May 8, 2017
Ian Rosenblum, executive director of The Education Trust—New York, commented on the state’s recently submitted draft ESSA plan. Rosenblum said the “plan appears to be a mixed bag for equity” but “the draft plan fails to clearly communicate whether schools are meeting expectations for all...
May 8, 2017
High Achievement New York released a statement on New York’s submitted draft ESSA plan. According to Executive Director Stephen Sigmund, the group was “pleased that annual state assessments are such an integral part of accountability under the draft plan.”
April 3, 2017
At their next meeting, the New York Board of Regents will “discuss how the state will reshape education policy” under ESSA.” Members are scheduled to “provide direction to department staff.”
March 24, 2017
New York’s Board of Cooperative Educational Services hosted two public forums on ESSA. Participants at the events praised the idea of giving school districts the “opportunity to pilot locally created assessments and to allow for more frequent assessments to inform instruction.” Attendees also endorsed the need...
March 8, 2017
The Sullivan Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Region will host a public hearing on ESSA with the New York State Department of Education on March 9. Community members are invited to the forum to give feedback on the state’s implementation plan.
February 15, 2017
The Board of Cooperative Educational Services will host a forum to discuss accountability provisions under ESSA. Feedback from the event will be used by the New York Dept. of Education and the Board of Regents to draft the state’s plan.
October 18, 2016
In response to the release of the New York State Education Department’s high-level concepts, the New York ESSA Coalition issued a memo to reporters and editorial boards highlighting several initial positive and troubling elements, big questions, and what’s still missing from the discussion. Read the...
October 18, 2016
The New York State Education Department released a set of 36 high-level concepts to receive feedback on whether they should be incorporated into the state’s application under ESSA. The Department will solicit feedback on the proposed concepts in two rounds. The first round of comments...
September 9, 2016
The New York State Education Department submitted comments on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Academic Assessments under ESSA. The comments focused on the “need to provide states with greater flexibility in the testing of certain English language learners and students...
August 1, 2016
New York State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia submitted comments responding to the Dept. of Education’s proposed accountability rules under ESSA. Elia agreed that the rules “adhere to the intent of Congress,” the New York Dept. of Education “found several instances where the draft rulemaking...
July 18, 2016
State Senator Joseph A. Griffo called on U.S. Secretary of Education John King to reconsider a proposed regulation that would “punish school districts for having too many students opt-out of standardized tests.” He cites that this move contradicts ESSA which he argued should “empower states...
July 11, 2016
The New York Department of Education presented a draft list of 20 guiding principles for their new evaluation of schools under ESSA to the NYS Board of Regents.
July 1, 2016
The New York State School Board Association and National School Boards Association will hold a webinar on July 29th to discuss the implementation and the regulatory process for ESSA.
May 16, 2016
State Dept. of Education will be launching a new think tank to come up with a statewide school accountability plan, in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act. Read more here.
May 16, 2016
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.