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January 25, 2023

Dear Parents and Families,

The connection between families and schools is a crucial component of student success. As parents who are engaged in the educational process, you have a unique perspective on your children’s experiences and how schools can help students thrive after they graduate from high school. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is recruiting parents for two exciting initiatives—The Graduation Measures Blue Ribbon Commission and the Performance-Based Learning & Assessment Networks (PLAN) Pilot – and I encourage you to participate! If you are a parent of a current middle/high school student and you are interested in helping to shape the future of education in New York State, please complete the parent advisor application by January 27, 2023.


In addition, NYSED is also seeking applicants for our student advisory panels. Please share the student application form with students who are interested in volunteering for this unique opportunity! The application is open to students currently enrolled in New York State high schools OR recent graduates of New York State high schools. The deadline to apply is January 27, 2023.


As we continue to gather feedback about what it means to obtain a high school diploma in New York State, the Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures would like to know what you think. I encourage you to participate in the discussion via Thought Exchange by responding to the following questions: What opportunities, experiences, and courses should be available to students in High School that align with their needs, dreams, and career exploration? Which of those should be mandatory? The deadline to respond is February 1, 2023.


NYSED will begin 2023 by honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy through an exhibition of student art and essays that reflect his teaching. Dr. King’s commitment to nonviolent advocacy served as the inspiration for 3,920 students from more than 100 public and private schools across the state to submit their creations. The submissions, which include several group projects, mark just the second time more than 1,000 pieces of student artwork will be on display and online for this exhibition.


The entire exhibit is posted on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance website.


In celebration of Black History Month, we will feature a piece of student art each weekday on our social media channels through the end of February. Please follow the hashtags #NYSMLK and #StudentsExhibitingMLK on NYSED's social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn).

I hope your year is off to a good start. Please be sure to sign up for our email list to have these updates delivered directly to your inbox, and encourage other families to do the same!




Betty A. Rosa


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