Meeting of the Board of Regents | June 2009
Report of the
REGENTS EMSC/HIGHER EDUCATION/VESID JOINT COMMITTEE MEETING
The Board of Regents
June 23, 2009
Your EMSC, Higher Education and VESID Committees held a joint meeting on June 22, 2009. All Committee members were present, except for Regent Joseph Bowman, who was excused.
MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION
Grades 3-8 Testing – The Regents continued their policy discussion regarding changes to the scheduling of the Grades 3-8 mathematics and English Language Arts examinations. Senior Deputy Commissioner Johanna Duncan-Poitier discussed input from the field on two surveys that were conducted and discussions with education groups. The Regents endorsed changing the testing schedule so that both the math and ELA examinations are given in May beginning in the 2009-10 school year.
Policy Issues Concerning Graduation Rates – Part I: Establishing a Graduation Rate and Annual Targets for Accountability – The Regents continued their discussion on policy issues and key policy questions concerning the graduation rate. The Regents discussed the most recent graduation rate data, trend data and information on New York State’s performance under the current accountability graduation rate goal. The Regents requested that a list of additional policy questions be prepared for their consideration over the next several months as well as timelines for submission of information to USDOE. The Regents also asked for additional data to help inform the policy decisions they will need to make over the next several months. [EMSC/HE/VESID (D) 1]
That concludes our report.
Anthony Bottar and Merryl Tisch
Co-Chairs, EMSC Committee
Milton Cofield and Harry Phillips
Co-Chairs, Higher Education Committee
Chair, VESID Committee