The Board of Regents met Monday morning in Albany for its October P-12 committee meeting. The Board did not take action on any items, but instead received status updates on the rollout of new ELA and Math standards, and engaged in a discussion around its 2020-21 Non-State Aid Budget and Legislative Priorities.

Progress Update on the Rollout of the Next Generation English Language Arts and Mathematics Standards

SED staff provided a status update and timelines for the Next Generation ELA and Mathematics standards:

Phase I – Raising Awareness (2018-19)

During this now-completed phase, the Department, in collaboration with statewide partners, created a number of resources to guide regions and districts in introducing the standards to their ELA and Math educators. These resources were supplemented by “Supporting all Students” conferences held in Rochester, Saratoga and New York City. These events hosted over 3,000 ELA and Math educators.

Phase II – Building Capacity (2019-20)

During this school year, schools across New York are creating, adapting or adopting curricula to enable their students to meet the new Standards. The Curriculum program office will spend this year engaged with various partners to facilitate that capacity building.

Phase III – Full Implementation (Beginning 2020)

The first year of full implementation for grades P8 will begin in September 2020. Each year thereafter will bring implementation into high schools, so that all instruction in grades P-12 will be aligned to the Next Generation ELA and Math standards by September 2023.

The Department made a presentation available that explains in greater detail the process by which they are developing and implementing these “next generation learning standards.”

2020-21 Non-State Aid Budget and Legislative Priorities

Every year, the Regents advance Non-State Aid budget and legislative requests which reflect initiatives that support the Board’s priorities by augmenting or adding funds to the State Education Department’s budget.

  • During its September meeting, the Regents Subcommittee on State Aid reviewed and discussed proposals advanced during the 2019-20 budget cycle and legislative session.
  • At this month’s meeting, relevant committees of the Board reviewed and discussed these Non-State Aid proposals, as well as identified and discussed new initiatives to consider.
  • The proposals will be sent back for further consideration to their relevant committees in November, and will come before the full Board in December for approval.

Over a dozen unique priorities are under consideration— what follows is a sampling of several relevant ones:

Promotion of School Safety, Positive School Climate and Bullying Prevention ($3.4m requested)
  • Increase the Safe and Supportive Schools Grants Program
  • Expand the capacity of Department staff to provide guidance to and monitor school district compliance with school safety emergency response planning, as well as DASA and ESSA accountability requirements regarding chronic absenteeism and school suspension
  • Increase the capacity of the Center for School Safety and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Centers to provide on-site technical assistance and resources for schools to be able to assess their current school climate and provide them with the support for improving school culture, climate, and safety, and prevention of and responses to bullying
Access to High-Quality Early Education and Early Care Programs ($1.6m requested)
  • Establish three Prekindergarten – Grade 2 (P2) Technical Assistance Centers (TACs) to provide professional development and support to school districts in New York State
  • Goal is to ultimately add an additional two or three P2 TACs in subsequent years, for a total of five or six TACs
Ensuring Equal Opportunities for English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners ($1.6m requested)
  • Enhance Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network support centers (RBERNs) professional development, technical assistance, compliance support, and role in providing translations, to meet ESSA’s mandates and goals regarding ELL/MLL achievement
Ensuring the Appropriate Provision of English Language Learner Services ($2m per-year for at least three years requested)
  • Create a new English Language Proficiency assessment for English Language Learners with Severe Cognitive Disabilities
Tuition Rate-Setting Redesign and Funding Parity ($12.65m requested)
  • Dedicate targeted resources to design a new tuition rate setting methodology
  • Create a statutory index to provide parity in annual funding increases for both school-age and preschool providers

We look forward to providing you additional updates on the Board of Regents and its work in the months ahead.