News and Notes
July 2022
Dear Colleagues,
Commissioner Rosa
I hope you are enjoying your summer with some well-deserved fun and relaxation. I know that many schools and communities are busy getting ready for the next school year while also offering enrichment programs to help students continue to learn, explore, and grow during the summer break. Popular statewide summer programs are in full swing, including the Summer Reading Program and the Summer Food Service Program. In the newsletter below, you will find more details about these programs, in addition to other announcements and resources from the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

In addition, educators and families can follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn this summer for fun and educational summer learning activities. As part of our #SummerLearning campaign, we are sharing tips, resources, and activities, highlighting daily themes like Math MondayTasty TuesdayWhere in the World WednesdayThinker ThursdayFitness FridaySummer Science, and Summer Civics. If you don’t already, be sure to follow us on social media for these tips and ideas and for our latest news.

Betty A. Rosa
2022 Summer Reading Program Provides Children and Families
“Oceans of Possibilities” for Summer Fun and Learning
NYSED and the New York State Library are again partnering with 1,100 public libraries and neighborhood branches statewide for the 2022 Summer Reading at New York Libraries program. This year’s slogan, “Oceans of Possibilities,” is meant to connect students of all ages to the theme of oceanography and water resources. New York’s public libraries are hosting exciting activities, events, and fun and enriching programs like reading challenges throughout the summer.

Kids, teens, and families can visit local public libraries and their websites to explore and sign up for summer reading events and programs, register to track recreational reading of books and e-books, and earn prizes and badges.
2022 Summer Food Service Program to Provide Meals at
Nearly 3,000 Sites Statewide
The 2022 Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals to approximately 400,000 young people, kicked off this month at nearly 3,000 sites statewide. An interactive USDA online map helps families search for a service site by address, city, or zip code.

More information about the NYSED administration of the Summer Food Service Program is available on our website.
New Framework, Resources Available to Support Ongoing Success of Remote and Hybrid Teaching and Learning
NYSED's Quality Remote/Hybrid Teaching: The Flexible Futures Instructional Framework (QRT) is available to provide resources for teachers, administrators, and educational leaders to inform high-quality, engaging instruction in any learning environment for all students. The QRT Framework results from nearly two years of work alongside educators and stakeholders through NYSED's Teaching in Remote Learning Environments (TRLE) project and input from more than 10,000 educators and other K-12 stakeholders.

The framework features key focus areas, promising practices, and elements for implementation.
2022 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Data Reporting
NYSED is streamlining its data-sharing practices to provide state assessment data to schools, teachers, parents, and the public more quickly. NYSED will provide the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics preliminary assessment data to districts and schools prior to the beginning of the 2022-23 school year in August so it can be used to help inform instructional decisions and to develop individualized learning plans for students. This will also allow parents to receive their student’s information much earlier than in past years. The Department will publicly release all final state assessment data – including Regents exams – at the same time this fall. This will allow the Department to provide earlier public access to final annual assessment data for all state assessments.