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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 February 11, 2019.  All members were present.


The 2019 Vice Chancellor Emerita Adelaide L. Sanford Scholarship – Regent Lester Young provided background on the Emerita Adelaide Sanford Scholarship and how graduating high school seniors can apply for the scholarship.

Review of the Graduation Rate for the 2014 Cohort  – Commissioner MaryEllen Elia provided the Committee with the June graduation rate highlights for the 2014 Cohort, which included:

  • 2014 Cohort June graduation rates retained gains of previous years and generally remained level at 80.4%;
  • Continues the upward trend and is 9.5 percentage points higher than it was for the 2004 cohort (70.9%);
  • Graduation rates increased most in NYC by 1.6 percentage points; charter schools went down 2.5 percentage points;
  • Achievement gaps narrowing among black and Hispanic students by 4.7 and 3.8 percentage points respectively since 2011 cohort;
  • Current ELLs and Students with Disabilities went up 2.4 percentage points and 1.7 percentage points respectively; and
  • More work remains to be done to further close achievement gaps; part of this work is to identify where opportunity gaps exist.

Committee members discussed pathways to graduation and concern that systems should be put in place to make sure that all students have access to pathways options.

Updates on the East Ramapo Central School District  [P-12 (D) 1] –  the Committee was provided with an update on the East Ramapo Central School District. Dr. Deborah Wortham, Superintendent, spoke about the current status of the district stating that its focus is on student achievement and that it operates on a belief system.  Monitors Charles Szuberla and Dr. Denise Lowe updated the Committee on the State Monitors’ Report, which included data on academic challenges and improvement; future fiscal challenges; community challenges and opportunities; and next steps.

Consent Agenda

The Board of Regents will take action on the following consent agenda items at their January 15, 2019 meeting.

  • Regulations relating to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan
  • Registration of Religious and Independent High Schools
  • Regulations relating to the Application of a One Year Renewable Waiver to Expand the Maximum Allowable Grade Span for English As a New Language and Bilingual Education Classes.

Associated Agenda Item

Meeting Date: 
Monday, February 11, 2019 - 11:00am