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Dear Colleagues,
At its March meeting this week, the Board of Regents unanimously reelected Chancellor Betty A. Rosa and Vice Chancellor T. Andrew Brown to second three-year terms in those leadership positions.
The Board conducted its election process, including the nomination of both candidates, the full discussion, and the vote in its public session under the leadership of Regent Roger Tilles. Video of the discussion and vote is available on the Board of Regents website. The Chancellor and Vice Chancellor’s three-year term becomes effective April 1, 2019.
Chancellor Rosa and Vice Chancellor Brown have led the Board and guided the New York State Education Department (NYSED) with passion and dedication. Their unanimous reelection is a testament to the accomplishments of the last three years under their leadership.
Earlier this month, four members of the Board of Regents were reelected to the Board for five-year terms: Regents Christine Cea, Wade Norwood, James Cottrell, and Josephine Finn. I am honored and excited to continue working alongside the reelected Regents and the entire Board of Regents to raise the knowledge, skill, and opportunity of all the people in New York.
This edition of News and Notes includes information and updates related to the following:
MaryEllen Elia
6Parent Dashboard Survey

mother and son at a computer

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is developing a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access. This is part of New York’s ESSA plan.

NYSED is gathering feedback from parents and stakeholders to guide the work of developing the Parent Dashboard. Please encourage parents to complete our five-minute survey and tell us how we can make the Parent Dashboard as useful as possible.
NYSED will use feedback from the survey to identify the data that is most useful to parents and the public. Informational resources in English and Spanish are available on our Parent Dashboard web page. Translations of the survey and resources in other languages will be posted as they become available. If you have any questions, please email us at
8Information for Parents About the Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Tests

The 2019 Grades 3-8 New York State Assessments_ What Parents Need to Know
Schools across the state will soon begin to administer the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests. Updated parent resources about the 2019 tests are now available on our assessment website.
The resources have important information about what parents need to know about the 2019 assessments and answer many frequently asked questions about the tests. Links to the parent resources are available below.
4Joint Report on Findings of Civil Investigation into the Tragic Death of Trevyan Rowe

This week, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the findings of a civil investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Trevyan Rowe, a 14-year-old student in the Rochester City School District (RCSD) who went missing on March 8, 2018. The investigation found that systemic failures in school policy and procedures existed at James P.B. Duffy School No. 12, the school Trevyan attended at the time of his death.
During the course of the joint investigation, NYSED and AG staff reviewed hundreds of pages of policy documents and email correspondence, conducted site visits, and interviewed approximately 50 staff members and members of Trevyan’s family. The investigation findings are detailed in our news release.
3Save the Dates for the P-3 Summer Institute

young children in classroom listening to teacher

Teachers, curriculum and instruction specialists, and administrators: If you are responsible for building capacity for standards implementation and serving young children in prekindergarten to third grade, please save the dates for the P-3 Summer Institute!

This year’s Institute will take place at the College of Saint Rose in Albany on July 16-17. Find more information about the P-3 Summer Institute here.
9State Museum Adds New Artworks to Contemporary Native American Art Collection

Beaded pin cushion by Grant Jonathan _Tuscarora_
The New York State Museum recently announced the addition of 14 new artworks to its contemporary Native American art collection. Building on an initiative launched in 1986 and now numbering more than 160 artworks, the collection is an impressive assemblage of work showcasing the breadth of Native artistic skills and craftsmanship.
Included in the collection are beadwork, sculpture, quillwork, regalia, carvings, paintings, and textile art. Find out more about the new additions to the collection here.
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