Based on public feedback and comment, the proposed Regents Research Paper has been revised and the new version presented to the Board of Regents The most important revisions are that it will be a graduation requirement that will apply to students first entering 9th grade in September 2014 and that the teacher will be responsible for the research requirement would be a local decision. The importance of the role of librarians is mentioned several times in the document.
The proposed new regulation is expected to be approved by the Board of Regents in November 2013
“The Text List for P-12 ELA contains all the full-length books, articles, excerpts and other texts to be used in the ELA curriculum modules on EngageNY. This document is in Excel format and contains columns that can be easily filtered by Grade, Module/Domain, Title and Author. It also explains, wherever possible, whether a text is a full-length text, an article, or an excerpt of a longer work. In addition, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has included information about where the text can be purchased or located online if the text is in the public domain. Please note that, in several instances, published links to copyrighted texts are provided; these should be used for previewing and planning purposes only, not for reproduction in an instructional context.
“While this document will be periodically updated as the modules are completed and posted to reflect the most current information from our curriculum vendors, the information here can help inform purchasing decisions in order to be prepared for the 2013-2014 school year. In addition, while the list of texts for modules already posted will remain as it is articulated herein, it is possible that the amount of text that is used or the way and time that texts are used may be augmented as curriculum writing continues.
"The curricular materials posted on EngageNY.org do and will include authentic reading materials. Authentic reading materials include published works that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books or newspapers. The use of authentic reading material (as opposed to reading material created for instructional / assessment purposes only) may mean that some material is emotionally charged or may use language outside of a student's particular cultural experience.”
NYCRR TITLE 8 - EDUCATION - §91.1 School libraries
A school library shall be established and maintained in each school. The library in each elementary and secondary school shall meet the needs of the pupils, and shall provide an adequate complement to the instructional program in the various areas of the curriculum.
NYCRR TITLE 8 - EDUCATION - §91.2 Employment of school library media specialist
Each school district shall employ a certified school library media specialist, unless equivalent service is provided by an alternative arrangement approved by the commissioner, in accordance with the following standards
The NYSED School Library Services team NYSED works to provide statewide leadership in school library services and build awareness of the important impact school library media specialists and school libraries have on student achievement. School Library Services Web pages contain guidance on programs, products, and services related to the New York State Learning Standards, Common Core State Standards, and curriculum models, and information on NYS legislation, Board of Regents initiatives, and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education as they effect school libraries and school library systems.
EdTech / Library Materials Aid - Questions and Answers
This Q&A is intended to assist school district administrators and business managers, library media specialists, school library system directors, and boards of education in the understanding and use of Library Materials Aid.
Can a school withhold student grade reports for overdue school library books or school library fines?
It has long been the position of the New York State Education Department that a public school may not withhold grades, a transcript, or books from a student for any reason. A student is entitled to those items as part of a free public education guaranteed pursuant to Education Law 3202. If a student or parent owes the district money, the district may resort to civil proceedings to recover the money, but may not withhold records or books to compel payment.
EdTech / School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE) Rubric
The SLMPE rubric was designed to help create a self-assessment instrument to include qualitative and quantitative evidence to support responses to various elements in the LMP, and aid teachers, librarians, students, administrators, parents, and school community members in development of action plans for program improvements toward meeting higher standards and improving student achievement.
Please see available options on left side of web site for other information.
Summer school provided by school districts, Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) or nonpublic schools is an opportunity for students to take courses for enrichment, acceleration, and make up course work from the regular school year.
Link to handbook for summer school administrators is provided.
The Office of Information and Reporting Services is responsible for the collection and reporting of enrollment, assessment, school violence, state and No Child Left Behind accountability, career and technical education, graduation rate, post-graduation plans, teacher certification, and school staff data for school districts, public schools, charter schools, and nonpublic schools in New York State.