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Dear Colleagues,

Last week, the Board of Regents elected a new Chancellor and Vice Chancellor who will assume their posts on April 1. Please join me in congratulating Betty A. Rosa, the new Regents Chancellor, and T. Andrew Brown, the new Regents Vice Chancellor.

Chancellor-Elect Betty Rosa
Chancellor-Elect Rosa was born in New York City but spent the first ten years of her life in Puerto Rico. She attended elementary, middle, and high school in the Bronx and holds M.S. degrees in Administration and Supervision and in Bilingual Education and an Ed. M. and Ed. D. in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy. Chancellor-Elect Rosa worked at the New York City Department of Education where she developed the Office of Conflict Resolution in the Division of Special Education and was principal of I.S. 218, a full-service community school in partnership with the Children's Aid Society in District 6. She also served as Superintendent of Community School District 8, then as Senior Superintendent of the Bronx. Chancellor-Elect Rosa serves on numerous professional councils and committees, and in 2005 founded B.D.J. & J. Associates LLC, a company that provides consulting services to large urban school districts and to companies in the education field. She has also taught graduate-level education classes and has received numerous awards in the fields of educational leadership and bilingual education. Chancellor-Elect Rosa has been a member of the Board of Regents since 2008. Read Chancellor-Elect Rosa's full bio here.

Vice Chancellor-Elect Brown
Vice Chancellor-Elect Brown of Rochester holds a B.A. in political science from Syracuse University and received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. He is the founder and managing partner of the Rochester-based law firm, Brown Hutchinson, LLP, a statewide practice representing clients in the areas of civil litigation, employment, and general business counsel. He is a former Corporation Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for the City of Rochester and has taught at SUNY Brockport and Monroe Community College. He is also former General Counsel of the National Bar Association; past President of the Monroe County Bar Association; Vice President of the New York State Bar Association and Chair of its Finance Committee; and a member of The Franklin H. Williams Judicial Commission. Vice Chancellor-Elect Brown has traveled extensively throughout the world and has held advisory and leadership positions in numerous civic and community groups. He has received many awards for his business and civic achievements and has repeatedly been named as one of the best trial lawyers in New York. Vice Chancellor-Elect Brown has been a member of the Board of Regents since 2012. Read Vice Chancellor-Elect Brown's full bio here.

Chancellor-Elect Rosa and Vice Chancellor-Elect Brown will replace current Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and current Vice Chancellor Anthony S. Bottar. We thank Chancellor Tisch and Vice Chancellor Bottar for their many years of distinguished service on the Board of Regents.


MaryEllen Elia
Grades 3-8 ELA and Mathematics Assessments
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has released a new video series, "Take the NYS Assessments." In the videos, teachers from across New York State talk about the importance of the grades 3-8 state assessments. English Language Arts assessments are scheduled for April 5-7, and mathematics assessments are scheduled for April 13-15.

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Several updated testing resources are available for educators, including a
memo with additional clarification on testing accommodations for students with disabilities; the 2016 ELA and math scoring leader handbook ; and information about the transition to allow students who are productively working on the 2016 ELA and math tests to continue. You can find a full list of resources on the State Assessment website .
Standards Review Committees
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Beginning this spring, NYSED will convene Mathematics and English Language Arts Standards Review Committees that will review the recommendations from the AIMHighNY survey; review the P-12 Common Core Learning Standards; and make any necessary revisions to the standards.

These committees will be composed of Prekindergarten-Grade 12 and higher education educators selected by NYSED using selection criteria developed by the New York State English Language Arts and Mathematics Content Advisory Panels. Parents and business representatives will be selected through a selection process led by the statewide PTA and business councils.

To find out more about participating in the Standards Review Committees, please review the information on our AIMHighNY web page. Applications must be submitted by April 4, 2016.

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DaybyDayNY is an online virtual calendar designed for families with young children to encourage a love of books and learning that will last a lifetime.

DaybyDayNY.org has been updated for 2016. Please visit the site and view the One More Story ebook, links to entertaining arts and crafts, directions and locations of museums, and helpful information on living a healthy lifestyle. Also, be sure to visit the newly redesigned and translated Spanish language page.

DaybyDayNY.org is an important component of Ready to Read at New York Libraries, a statewide program from the New York State Library designed to help library staff further enhance and expand their early literacy services and programs.

Questions about DaybyDayNY.org may be directed to Karen Balsen at Karen.Balsen@nysed.gov  or 518-486-2194.