State Education Department Seeking Input for Determining School Accountability Under ESSA

Ed Smith Families –

I hope you can see the forwarded email below about public comment requested
on determining school accountability.

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From: Families Together in New York State <bhansen [at] ftnys [dot] org>
Date: Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 11:07 AM
Subject: [FTNYS News] State Education Department Seeking Input for
Determining School Accountability Under ESSA
To: sjcpierce [at] neurodiversityconsulting [dot] org

FEBRUARY 21, 2017
*For More Information Contact:*
Jonathan Burman or Jeanne Beattie
(518) 474-1201

State Education Department Seeking Input for Determining School
Accountability Under ESSA
*Survey Responses **on Possible Indicators of School Quality and Student
Success **Accepted Through March 20*
*Winter Regional Open Meetings Held In Coming Weeks*
The New York State Education Department is accepting public comment on
potential Indicators of School Quality and Student Success for inclusion in
the State system for determining school accountability under the Every
Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced today.
After seeking input from teachers, principals, superintendents, parents and
other stakeholders, NYSED developed a Survey of Possible School Quality and
Student Success Indicators. The Department is accepting responses to the
survey through March 20. A series of Winter Regional Open Meetings to
receive feedback on specific questions regarding development of New York’s
State ESSA application is also planned for stakeholders, to be held from
February 27 – March 17.

“Every step of the way, we are asking parents, teachers, students,
administrators and community organizations to be part of the conversation
to ensure brighter futures for our children,” Board of Regents Chancellor
Betty A. Rosa said. “That conversation must include indicators of success
such as student access to highly qualified teachers and Advanced Placement
courses, and parent and community engagement to help improve our schools.
These are transformative, whole-school practices that have the potential to
dramatically improve educational outcomes for all students.”
“In developing New York’s ESSA plan, we are working to identify the most
important tools for improving performance in schools,” Commissioner Elia
said. “That’s why it’s so important that we have input from stakeholders
across the state, and I encourage anyone who would like to do so to take
part in this survey. The indicators we choose will be key in helping us
determine whether schools are finding the most effective ways to improve so
our students can have the best possible chance at success.”

*ESSA Requirements for Indicators of School Quality and Student Success*
ESSA requires states to reconsider their accountability systems for public
schools. As was required under the No Child Left Behind Act, states must
use the proficiency rates of students in language arts and mathematics and
high school graduation rates to hold schools accountable for their
performance. ESSA requires that schools also be held accountable for the
progress that English language learners make toward acquisition of English
In addition, states’ school accountability systems must include at least
one additional indicator of School Quality or Student Success. These
indicators may vary by each grade span and can include:

– measures of student access to and completion of advanced coursework;
– postsecondary readiness;
– school climate and safety;
– student engagement;
– teacher engagement; or
– any other measure that meaningfully differentiates among schools and
is valid, reliable, comparable and available for schools statewide.

Any indicators chosen must also be calculated in the same way for all
schools across the State and be able to be disaggregated for each subgroup
of students. School Year 2017-18 results will be the first time that
selected indicators will be used as part of the process of differentiating
school performance and determining which schools shall be identified for
support and improvement.

The Department is required by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to
submit a state plan, which fulfills the requirements of ESSA, by September

*How to Respond to the Survey*
The Survey of Possible Indicators of School Quality and Student Success can
be found here
Translated surveys in Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic are also available at
that link.

Survey responses can be submitted through March 20. The Department will
review the survey responses and provide an update on the results of the
survey to the New York State Board of Regents at its March and April
meetings. Based on the survey results, and in consultation with the
State’s Committee of Practioners and the ESSA Think Tank, the Board of
Regents will determine which indicators should be included in the state’s
draft plan.

*Winter Regional Open Meetings on ESSA*
NYSED will provide an additional opportunity for stakeholder and public
input, from February 27 through March 17. District Superintendents and
Superintendents of Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers
will host open public meetings to gather public input on questions related
to the development of the draft state ESSA plan.

The meetings will be focused on 14 questions for which the Department
wishes feedback on specified options before making recommendations for how
to address these questions in developing a draft of New York’s State ESSA
application. Questions address such issues as: what new innovative
assessment practices New York may wish to seek approval to pilot;
assessment and accountability requirements for newly arrived English
language learners, strategies for preservice preparation and professional
support for educators; design of the state’s public school accountability
system; and supports and interventions in low performing schools.
Individuals who wish to attend these meetings can find information about
the dates, times, locations, and other pertinent details on the New York
Education Department’s ESSA website


An update on the feedback gathered from the public at these meetings will
be presented to the New York State Board of Regents at future meetings.
For more information about the State’s work in developing the required ESSA
state plan, including dates of upcoming Regional Meetings, and updates
regarding the results of the survey, please visit the Department’s ESSA



Follow the Commissioner on Twitter: @NYSEDNews(link is external)

New York State Board of Regents
The State Education Department / The University of the State of New York /
Albany, NY 12234
Office of Communications / (518) 474-1201

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