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    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides federal funds to improve elementary and secondary education in the nation’s schools. It requires states and school districts to take a variety of actions to ensure all children, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, disability status, primary language, or ZIP code, receive the education they need to be prepared for success in postsecondary education, careers and citizenship. 

    On Tuesday, May 30th there will be an open meeting to the public hearing and will help inform New York’s system for measuring school quality.
     
    The New York State Education Department is seeking public input on a draft plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The draft takes a broader view of what constitutes an effective school and emphasizes support to help schools improve. A summary of New York’s draft plan is available here. Some significant points to note:
    • New measures of college, career and civic readiness
    • A movement beyond the heavy reliance on grades 3-8 standardized math and English Language Arts test scores and four-year high school graduation rates
    • Addition of science and social studies assessments to measure student performance, with more flexibility in the types of exams used
    • Consideration of chronic absenteeism as an indicator of school climate
     
    We encourage you to attend a public hearing in Rochester to provide feedback on the state’s draft ESSA plan.

      Tuesday, May 30, 6:00 – 8:30 pm

      Rush-Henrietta Sr. High School, Sperry Building

      1799 Lehigh Station Road

      Henrietta, NY 14467


    Public comments also may be submitted from May 10 to June 16 via email at ESSAcomments@nysed.gov and via postal mail at the NYS Education Department’s Office of Accountability, 55 Hanson Place, Room 400, Brooklyn, NY 11217.