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Report of Regents P-12 Education Committee to The Board of Regents

Your P-12 Education Committee held its scheduled meeting on March 10, 2014.  All members were present, except for Regent Kathleen Cashin, who was excused.

ACTION ITEMS

Charter School Revision – Academic Leadership Charter School [P-12 (A) 1]

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that the proposed revised charter: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) will permit the charter school to operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves the above listed charter revision as proposed by Chancellor of the NYCDOE and the provisional charter for the Academic Leadership Charter School is amended accordingly. The charter revision will expand the grades the School serves to include grades 6-8 and to expand overall enrollment to 500 students. The middle school grades will be located in private space.

Buffalo Board of Education Charter School Renewal – Enterprise Charter School [P-12 (A) 5]

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that Enterprise Charter School authorized by the Board of Education of the City School District of the City of Buffalo: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the applicant can demonstrate the ability to operate the school in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the application is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of this article; and (4) granting the application would have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves the renewal application of Enterprise Charter School as proposed by the Board of Education of the City School District of Buffalo and that a renewal charter be issued, and that its provisional charter be extended for a two-year term up through and including June 30, 2016.

Charter Renewal Recommendations for Charter Schools Authorized by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) [P-12 (A) 6]

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that the proposed charter school: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) will operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves and issues the renewal charter of the Bronx Lighthouse Charter School as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, and that its provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2016.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that the proposed charter school: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) will operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves and issues the renewal charter of the Brooklyn Scholars Charter School as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, and that its provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2016.

Your Committee recommends that the Board of Regents finds that the proposed charter school: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) will operate in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of Article 56 of the Education Law; and (4) will have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves and issues the renewal charter of the John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School as proposed by the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, and that its provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2018.

Renewal Decisions for Charter Schools Authorized by the Board of Regents [P-12 (A) 7]

VOTED:  That the Board of Regents finds that, the Evergreen Charter School: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the applicant can demonstrate the ability to operate the school in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the application is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of this article; and (4) granting the application would have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves the renewal application of the Evergreen Charter School and that a renewal charter be issued, and that is provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2017.  The request to expand the grades served by the school to include sixth grade is not approved.

VOTED:  That the Board of Regents finds that, the Health Sciences Charter School: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the applicant can demonstrate the ability to operate the school in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the application is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of this article; and (4) granting the application would have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves the renewal application of the Health Sciences Charter School and that a renewal charter be issued, and that is provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2017.  Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett abstained from the vote and the discussion.

VOTED:  That the Board of Regents finds that, the Riverhead Charter School: (1) meets the requirements set out in Article 56 of the Education Law, and all other applicable laws, rules and regulations; (2) the applicant can demonstrate the ability to operate the school in an educationally and fiscally sound manner; (3) granting the application is likely to improve student learning and achievement and materially further the purposes set out in subdivision two of section twenty-eight hundred fifty of this article; and (4) granting the application would have a significant educational benefit to the students expected to attend the charter school, and the Board of Regents therefore approves the renewal application of the Riverhead Charter School and that a renewal charter be issued, and that is provisional charter be extended for a term up through and including June 30, 2017.  The maximum approved enrollment for the School is increased from 400 to 414 for the renewal charter term. 

Regents Examinations and Assessments in Science to Students in Grades 7 and 8  [P-12 (A) 3]
Your Committee recommends that paragraph (4) of subdivision (d) of section 100.4, paragraph (4) of subdivision (e) of section 100.4 and subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (14) of subdivision (b) of section 100.18 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended as submitted, effective March 11, 2014, as an emergency action upon a finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of the general welfare in order to ensure that school districts are given sufficient notice to enable them to timely implement the amendment's provisions regarding the administration of Regents examinations and assessments in science to grade 8 students during the 2013-14 school year.

Preschool Special Education [P-12 (A) 4]
Your Committee recommends that paragraph (3) of subdivision (c) of section 200.16 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education be amended, and that a new paragraph (3) of subdivision (b) of section 200.20 be added, as submitted, effective April 17, 2014, as an emergency action upon a finding by the Board of Regents that such action is necessary for the preservation of the general welfare in order to ensure the timely implementation of the provisions of Chapter 545 of the Laws of 2013 that: (1) require Committees on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) that recommend placement of a child in an approved program that also conducted an evaluation of the child to indicate in writing that such placement is appropriate and provide notice of such recommendation to the Commissioner; and (2) require a provider of preschool special education services or programs to certify pursuant to regulations promulgated by the Commissioner that it will take measures to ensure its executive director or person performing duties of a chief executive officer meets the criteria established by the Commissioner to be an executive director and, if paid as a full time executive director, that such executive director is employed in a full time, full year position and shall not engage in activity that would interfere or impair such executive director's ability to carry out and perform his or her duties, responsibilities and obligations.

MOTION FOR ACTION BY FULL BOARD
Madam Chancellor and Colleagues: Your P-12 Education Committee recommends, and we move, that the Board of Regents act affirmatively upon each recommendation in the written report of the Committee's deliberations at its meeting on March 11, 2014, copies of which have been distributed to each Regent.

MATTERS NOT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION
Next Generation Science Standards [P-12 (D) 1] – the Committee discussed the progress related to the Regents consideration of the Next Generation Science Standards.  Discussion focused on the results of a survey entitled Comparing Current NYS Science Learning Standards (NYSSLS) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to Certain Criteria, which compared the two sets of standards and rated them based on specific key criteria.  A science strategic plan is also under development to guide planning and implementation if the Board of Regents elects to adopt new science standards, such as the NGSS, or update the existing NYSSLS.  Department staff will continue to analyze feedback, both quantitative and qualitative, from the public survey, develop a comprehensive and detailed analysis of the survey, and continue to develop the strategic plan including input from stakeholder groups.  A recommendation will be made to the Board regarding the adoption or update of New York’s science standards, as well as a proposed strategic plan to guide their implementation at a future meeting.

Initiatives Related to Response to Intervention [P-12 (D) 2] – Due to time constraints, this item was tabled and will be discussed at a future meeting.

QUALITYstarsNY [P-12 (D) 3] – the Committee discussed QUALITYstarsNY with a panel of experts including how QUALITYstarsNY has improved their programs and provided resources to assist parents make better informed choices about the early care and education they choose for their children. 

Panel members included:

Ola Friday, Project Coordinator with the New York Early Childhood Professional Development Institute where she coordinates the implementation of QUALITYstarsNY, New York State’s quality rating and improvement system. Ola brings to this work knowledge of public policy analysis and early childhood education policy.

Melissa Hasty, Early Childhood Coordinator, City School District of Albany. Melissa oversees and provides professional development and support for all UPK and Kindergarten classrooms in her district in addition to coordinating QUALITYstarsNY at the district level and running Family Literacy Events to strengthen home-school partnerships.

Tammy DiCocco, UPK Director, Cohoes Community Center. Tammy has been the Day Care Director at the Cohoes Community Center since February 2001. She oversees the UPK program for the Cohoes City School District and the preschool curriculum as the UPK Director. The Center has participated in QUALITYstarsNY since 2010.

Victory Lynn Riedy, Founder of Victory Child Care, Inc. Victory operates an Accredited Program from the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has been involved in early care and education since 1989. Victory has been a UPK provider for the City School District of Albany since 2010 and is working with the district to expand the program through the recent Priority Full-day Prekindergarten and Expanded Half-day Prekindergarten Grant Program for High Need Students.

Common Core K-12 Social Studies Framework [P-12 (D) 4] – the Committee discussed the final draft of the NYS Common Core K-12 Social Studies Framework and the work of the Social Studies Content Advisory Panel.   Discussion focused on the development of the Framework, including previous actions taken relating to the Global History and Geography split.  Following a public comment period, the Content Advisory Panel made the following changes: 

  • Vertical articulation for grades 5-8 and the incorporation of economic practices.
  • Reorganization of grade 4 and incorporation of flexibility for local content, including Native American groups.
  • Reduction of content in grades 5, 6 and 7 including eliminating some content from grade 6 and moving the unit on Reconstruction from grade 7 to grade 8.
  • Inclusion of additional topics in Global History and Geography.
  • Inclusion of more constitutional principles and references to cases in United States History and Government, to strengthen the civics/citizenship elements of the course.
  • Inclusion of a deeper exploration of our political system and specific examples of civic actions in Participation in Government.
  • Reorganization of Economics, with more economic theory clearly articulated, while maintaining the personal finance unit.

The Department will provide a Field Guide that incorporates these panel recommendations and other implementation strategies.  It is recommended that the Board of Regents consider the New York State Common Core K-12 Social Studies Framework for approval at its April meeting.

Stability and Mobility Analytic Model of NYS Charter School Students – In the past, Committee members have asked for stability and mobility rates of charter school students.  In response to this request, staff developed a stability report that will collect monthly student-level enrollment and withdrawal data that schools will report and verify through their monthly enrollment reports.  An analysis of the data will provide monthly and annual stability and mobility rates of charter schools as compared to the rates of their district of location.  Timelines for next steps:

Phase I

  • Draft primary stability and mobility methodology
  • Vet framework methodology and calculations
  • Collaborate with Accountability and Metrics to verify that calculations accurately capture the intended outcomes
  • Mock up for one charter school and district

Phase 2

  • Refine stability and mobility model and regroup with stakeholders
  • Run primary model for all districts and comparison schools
  • Compile secondary student level data set to delineate at-risk flags and ethnic subgroups

Phase 3

  • Run secondary subgroup model for all districts and comparison schools
  • Compile statewide primary and secondary output results.

Consent Agenda Items

The Board of Regents will take action on the following consent agenda items at their March 11, 2014 meeting.

  • Protection of People with Special Needs Act (regulations)
  • Regulations to provide flexibility to school districts and charter schools regarding the administration of Regents Examinations in Mathematics (Common Core) to grade 7 and 8 students.

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 10:00am

Committee