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July 2013

...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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NYSED Job Opportunities

The Office of Accountability seeks qualified candidates for the following positions:

Project Coordinator for the Office of Bilingual Education
Details about the position and qualifications to apply can be found at:

Project Assistants for the Office of Bilingual Education.
Details about the positions and qualifications to apply can be found at:

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Updated APPR Guidance & Task by Task Guidance Documents Released

The Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness has released two resources to support school districts and BOCES with the APPR process: an updated APPR Guidance document and new Task-by-Task Guidance documents.

The updated APPR Guidance document provides an in-depth overview of commonly asked questions from the field. The new Task-by-Task Guidance documents are specifically tailored and organized for assisting the field with completing the Review Room process. For more details please see:

Please send inquiries or requests for further information to:

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Office of Bilingual Education

Effective February 1, 2014, the New York State Identification Test for English Language Learners (NYSITELL) will replace the Language Assessment Battery-Revised (LAB-R) for the statewide identification of English Language Learners. More information can be found at:

Background information about the NYSITELL can be found in the discussion item from the April 2013 Board of Regents meeting at:


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2013-14 ESEA Accountability Designation Materials

Information pertaining to the methodology for determining the Progress of Focus Districts, Focus Schools, and Priority Schools, along with the methodology used for the designation of Reward Schools and Local Assistance Plan (LAP) Schools are available at:

The forms for filing an appeal of the progress and/or designation, and reporting templates are also available at:

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Title I, Part A Set-aside Funds for Students in Temporary Housing (Homeless)
Field Memo #04-2013

NYSED is reissuing this Field Memo in preparation of local education agencies (LEAs) completing the Consolidated Application for the 2013-14 school year and the required set-aside (reserve) for McKinney-Vento eligible students in homeless situations. Field Memo #04-2013 is posted at:

Additional guidance regarding students in temporary housing can be found at:

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2013-14 Substantial Change Form for NYSED Approved Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Providers

The 2013-14 Substantial Change Form for NYSED approved Supplemental Educational Services (SES) Providers has now been posted. The form can be found at:

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2013-14 District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP) and School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP)

Consistent with the USDE approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver, all Focus Districts are required to develop a District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP) that details how the district plans to improve instruction and address the identified needs of Focus, Priority, and Local Assistance Plan (LAP) Schools. A webinar which discusses this information can be found at:

Additionally, all Focus Schools and Priority Schools not implementing one of the four SIG intervention models are required to develop a School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP). The SCEP will be submitted as part of the District Comprehensive Improvement Plan. For more information, latest news and required forms please see:

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2013-2016 McKinney-Vento Grant Program Allocations

The McKinney-Vento Grant allocation for 2013 - 2016 is providing funding for 53 LEAs in order to support eligible activities under the federal McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Act.

Additional information regarding the latest news about the McKinney-Vento Grant Program Allocations can be found at:

Information about McKinney-Vento funding opportunities can be found at:

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As part of the approved NCLB Waiver and the School Improvement Section 1003(a) Grant Application, Focus Districts and Priority and Focus Schools participate in one of the following types of school reviews:

    • On-site reviews led by an Integrated Intervention Team (IIT);
    • District-led review; or
    • School Review with District Oversight.

The following links provide guidance materials and templates:

The final report for the DTSDE District-Led Reviews and School Reviews with District Oversight should be submitted by June 30, 2013 to: AlbanySIT@mail,

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August 2013

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Last Updated: December 30, 2014