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 commissionerNews and Notes from Commissioner King
Dear Colleagues,
At its meeting in February, a Board of Regents Work Group presented 19 options to improve the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards at the State and district level in a Report entitled The Path Forward: Common Core Learning Standards, Assessments, and Teacher & Principal Evaluation in New York State.

Please read this memo which provides additional information about the three adjustments that are relevant to the State assessments component of the Report. Comprehensive field guidance will be shared as the various components of the Regents' Work Group Report are finalized and implemented.
John B. King, Jr.
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 ccVideo: Common Core Progress
Watch this video to see how principals and instructional leaders describe some of the successes of Common Core implementation in New York schools. They shared their districts' experiences while attending the February Network Team Institute in Albany, where over a thousand educators from across the state gathered for professional development.

cteConnecting Parents to the Common Core
East Moriches Superintendent Chuck Russo & Professional Development Coordinator Emily Peterson
Looking back on last year, East Moriches Superintendent Chuck Russo can see where the attempt to inform parents about the Common Core went wrong. "We tried the traditional approach of bringing in an outside person to speak to our parents about the Common Core - to explain what it is and where it's going. That approach had minimal success, at best." 
"Honestly, it didn't go well," agreed Emily Peterson, Professional Development Coordinator at the district, which is located on Long Island. "Attendance was sub-par and it wasn't geared for parent talk."
 Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) Grant Program
Last week, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) announced the preliminary grant awards for round three of the Strengthening Teacher and Leader Effectiveness (STLE) Grant Program. Read more from our news release
The map below provides a visual representation of the locations of STLE grantees across the state.

cteSign Up to Apply to Become an edTPA Scorer
The edTPA is our new teacher performance assessment for candidates pursuing certification in New York State. It was developed by Stanford University faculty and staff at the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity (SCALE) with substantial advice from teachers and teacher educators. Teacher candidate portfolios are scored by K-12 teachers, administrators, National Board-certified teachers, teacher education faculty, and clinical supervisors of student teachers. For more information about the edTPA or to apply to be considered as a possible scorer of teacher candidate portfolios, see the edTPA flyer.
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General Updates
See below for February 2014 curriculum module updates