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October 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:
Associate in Education Research
Details about the position and qualifications can be found at:

Associate in Education Improvement Services
Details about the position and qualifications can be found at:

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Flexibility for School Districts for the Academic Intervention Services (AIS) Requirement

The Board of Regents has voted to immediately establish modified requirements for the provision of AIS for the 2013-14 school year for purpose of providing districts with flexibility to address the change in student rates of proficiency on the 2013 grades 3-8 assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics. This decision will thereby ensure the timely implementation of the modified AIS requirements by school districts in the 2013-14 school year.

Students scoring at or below the specified cut points for Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and mathematics must receive academic intervention instructional services. However, students scoring at or above the specified cut points but below the 2013 level 3/proficient cut points will not be required to receive academic intervention instructional and/or student support services unless the school district deems it necessary. Each school district must create a uniform process by which the district determines whether to offer AIS during the 2013-14 school year to students who scored at or above the specified cut points but below The level 3/proficient on grade 3-8 English Language Arts or mathematics State assessments in 2013-14.

It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be presented for adoption as a permanent rule at the December 2013 Regents meeting. More information about the change in AIS can be found at:                      

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Secure Online Growth Reporting System (GRS)

The secure online GRS is available for authorized teachers, principals, and district personnel in districts and charter schools to view 2012-13 State-provided growth results and data. Student rosters are available for download within the system.

The Secure Online Growth Reporting System can be found at:

Resources about State Growth Measures can be found at:

A video explaining Student Growth on State Tests can be found at:

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2013-2014 DTSDE Rubric

The Office of Accountability introduced the 2013-14 DTSDE rubric at the September DTSDE Institute.

The rubric can be found online at: under Section 7 - Additional Information.

The Office is in the process of updating the DTSDE Reviewer's Guide, which will be available online and at the November DTSDE Institute. Districts can expect to receive information regarding the November training shortly. The Office will contact with Focus Districts in the next few weeks with the specific dates of the 2013-14 IIT-led visits.

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NYS Applies for Renewal of  ESEA Flexibility

This September, the USDE invited states with approved ESEA Flexibility Waivers to apply for renewal of their waivers for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years. Upon approval by the Board of Regents, the Department will submit an application for renewal in January 2014.

While the renewal requirements are focused on states describing how they will continue their approved waiver work, the USDE is also requiring states to provide additional information on how they will meet the requirements for distribution of effective teachers and how they will use teacher performance data to determine professional development using Title II A funds.

The renewal application template and federal requirements can be found at:

The Office of Accountability will be working with stakeholders to develop a renewal application proposal for consideration by the Board of Regents at their December meeting and will solicit public comment on the application prior to any submission to the United States Department of Education.

Homeless Guidance for Permanent Placements / McKinney-Vento Eligible Students and Tuition Reimbursement

The Homeless Guidance for Permanent Placements / McKinney-Vento Eligible Students and Tuition Reimbursement joint field memo clarifies when a school district can receive additional state aid for instruction. This additional state aid is sometimes referred to as tuition reimbursement for the cost of educating a student in temporary housing and how to request such aid. 

The memo can be found at:

More information can be found at:

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  Amendments to FERPA Affecting Students in Foster Care #02-2013 Field Memo

The purpose of the field memo is to provide information to LEAs about important changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). These changes make it easier for child welfare agencies and voluntary agencies working with them to access the educational records of foster children in order to address students’ educational needs. 

The memo can be found at:

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DTSDE Request for Qualification Survey

As part of its requirement to implement the provisions of Education Law ยง3012-c NYSED is soliciting proposals for surveys of P-12 students, families, and teachers for use in APPR and DTSDE reviews. See the posting for details on the submission process at:
Applications are being accepted on an ongoing basis.


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November 2013

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Last Updated: December 30, 2014