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A Moment of Clarity: Test Scores in New York State Are Recalibrated

Many of you have no doubt heard the great news over the past few years about rising ELA and math test scores in the New York City Public Schools. But wait, there was more: test scores were rising all across the state, no matter what the intervention.The New York State Department of Education has recalibrated the state test scores for ELA and math, and this moment of clarity tells us that "just more than half of city students in the third through eighth grades are proficient in math, not four out of every five, as they were led to believe last … [Read more...]

NYS Assembly Member Files Appeal to Force NYC to Meet State Law on Music Education

It's a savvy approach to a long-term problem: the New York City Public Schools do not provide the minimum levels of music (and arts) education required by the State of New York. Assembly Member Alan Maisel, acting on behalf of the Music Educator's Association of New York, filed an appeal with David Steiner, Education Commissioner, asking that the the issue be taken over by the State, whereby the State would impose a "corrective action plan," to be monitored by an entity outside of the Mayor or the New York City Department of Education.And of … [Read more...]

What Will New York State’s Race to the Top Application Look Like?

Recently, the New York State Department of Education  (NYSED) circulated a Public Communication and Policy Recommendations Summary for its Race to the Top (RttT) grant proposal to the nearly 700 school districts throughout New York State. In order to participate, each district is required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding in support of the application. Key to all of the is that the RttT funds would be split 50-50 between NYSED and the districts. I started receiving copies of this last week from various colleagues as it made its way … [Read more...]

NY Times Editorial Recognizes the Truth and the Need

They tell you not to sweat the "small stuff; it's all small stuff."You tell me: is this small or large? One sentence in today's New York Times editorial on the selection of David Steiner as the new NYS Commissioner of Education:"And as a former director of arts education at the National Endowment for the Arts, he is also well suited to deal with what is widely seen as a lack of arts education in the public schools."What I see here, is that among the many pressing needs for education in New York State, according to The New York Times editorial, … [Read more...]

David Steiner, former Director of Arts Ed at the NEA to become NYS Commissioner of Education

David Steiner, whom some of you will remember as the Director of Arts Education at the National Endowment for the Arts (he was Sarah Cunningham's predecessor), is set to be announced as the new Commissioner of Education in New York State. The Board of Regents is expected to announce this today.Steiner is presently Dean of Hunter College's School of Education.  … [Read more...]

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