|Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES invites its stakeholders to attend an ESSA Regional State Plan Development meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 to discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which was signed into law by President Obama on Dec. 10, 2015. The two-hour meeting will begin at 3:30 p.m and be held at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, 1879 W. Genesee Street Rd., Auburn. Those interested in attending the meeting should contact Sue Conway at 315-253-0361.
About the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The ESSA, a bipartisan measure, reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s education law. During the Nov. 1 meeting, educators, administrators, parents, community members, and other stakeholders will be asked to provide feedback on concepts under consideration by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for inclusion in the state plan that NYSED anticipates submitting to the United States Department of Education (USDE) in March 2017.
Prior to the Nov. 1 ESSA Regional State Plan Development meeting, NYSED is providing invitees with access to an ESSA overview webinar and brief webinars on key ESSA topics. These webinars will familiarize participants with the requirements of ESSA and the strategy NYSED is using to develop the plan required by ESSA. The webinars are posted on NYSED’s ESSA website.
“Anyone interested in attending our meeting on Nov. 1 is encouraged to participate in the informational webinars,” said Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Superintendent Denise Dzikowski. “Their participation will ensure that the focus of the in-person ESSA Regional State Plan Development meeting will be on gathering feedback on the ideas under consideration for inclusion in the required state plan.”
ESSA retains many of the core provisions of No Child Left Behind (the previous reauthorization of ESEA) related to standards, assessments, accountability, and use of Federal funds. However, ESSA does provide states much greater flexibility in many areas, including the methodologies for differentiating the performance of schools and the supports and interventions to provide when schools are in need of improvement. To meet the requirements of ESSA, New York will also be required to submit a new state plan to USDE for the use of a wide array of federal grant programs, including Title I, Part A (Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies); Title I, Part B (State Assessment Grants); Title I, Part C (Education of Migratory Children); Title I Part D (Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth who are Neglected, Delinquent or At-Risk); Title II, Part A (Supporting Effective Instruction); Title III (Supporting Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students); Title IV, Part A (Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants); Title V, Part B (Rural Education Initiative); and Title VI (Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Education).
NYSED created a website to provide the public with information regarding ESSA and the development of the required state plan, located here. In addition, the United States Department of Education has established an ESSA website, which can be found here.
At the conclusion of the Nov. 1 meeting, stakeholders will be provided with the opportunity to participate in a survey regarding the concepts discussed related to development of the ESSA state plan. The results of the survey will inform the development of the state plan. In November or December 2016, public regional meetings will be held to allow the general public to comment on the draft plan.
If you have any questions regarding the Nov. 1 Regional ESSA State Plan Development meeting, please contact Sue Conway at 315-253-0361. Inquiries regarding the ESSA informational webinar or the information found on the New York State Education Department’s ESSA web page may be e-mailed to ESSA@nysed.gov.
ESSA Regional State Plan Development Meeting Details:
Date: Nov. 1, 2016
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, 1879 W. Genesee Street Rd., Auburn, NY 13021
Please RSVP to Sue Conway