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Dear Parents,

Last week, we presented our draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan to the Board of Regents. The draft plan emphasizes fostering equity in education for New York's students;  expands measures for school support and accountability, and student success; and requires school-level improvement plans for the lowest performing schools overall as well as schools with the lowest performance for certain student populations.
The plan also includes strategies for supporting the professional growth of educators and ensuring that all students, including English language learners/Multilingual learners, immigrant students, migratory youth, homeless youth, and neglected and delinquent youth have access to a well-rounded education that supports their academic and social-emotional development.
The full  draft plan   and a  summary   are posted on the Department's ESSA webpage . The summary document outlines the Department's stakeholder engagement process and highlights key proposals from the full plan. NYSED held more than 120 stakeholder and public meetings to gather input to help inform the development of the draft.
The Department is hosting public hearings and accepting public comment on the plan through June 16. So far, we have held hearings on Long Island, Staten Island, and in the Bronx. Hearings will be held across the state. It has been great to hear from parents and educators - thank you to all those who have participated. You can view the full list of upcoming hearings here .
I encourage you to read our plan and attend your local hearing.
I also want to remind you that we are still accepting comments on our Next Generation English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards now through June 2. We expect the Board of Regents to vote on adopting these standards at the June Board of Regents meeting. You can find the revised standards, information about the review process, including a timeline, and more on our AIMHighNY website .
Thank you for your time and for all you do to make our schools stronger.

MaryEllen Elia