News and Notes

November 2023

Dear Colleagues,

Commissioner Betty A. Rosa

I’m delighted to announce that the Blue Ribbon Commission on Graduation Measures presented its recommendations to the Board of Regents at its November 2023 meeting. The Graduation Measures Initiative is an unprecedented effort bringing together student voices along with a diverse range of stakeholders—including parents, educators, administrators, school support staff, representatives of higher education, and the business community. The Commission created a roadmap for learning-centered education that best meets the needs of every student in New York State and incorporates competency imperatives that provide them with the practical skills needed for the dynamic demands of tomorrow’s workforce.

Guided by research, stakeholder feedback, and their expertise and experiences, the Commission identified high-level skills, knowledge areas, and competencies that holistically reflect successful outcomes of P-12 education. The recommendations will help us create a more inclusive learning environment while maintaining rigor and enhancing critical thinking skills, putting all students on a trajectory for success and ensuring they’re prepared for college, career, and civic readiness in the 21st Century and beyond.

Read the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendations here.

In the coming months, the Department will begin its work to develop proposed guidance and programmatic and regulatory changes to address the goals and priorities of the Regents related to this initiative.  

Additional information about the Graduation Measures initiative can be found on the Department’s Graduation Measures website

I wish you all the best for a healthy and happy holiday season. Each year, I am inspired by and thankful for you - New York State's teachers, administrators, school staff members, board members, professionals, staff of cultural institutions, families, and communities - for supporting and igniting the natural curiosity of our children every day of the year. 


Betty A. Rosa


Jeffrey Matteson Appointed State Education Department

Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy

Jeffrey Matteson

This month, the Board of Regents and NYSED announced the appointment of Dr. Jeffrey A. Matteson to Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy. In this role, Dr. Matteson will oversee the Office of P-12 Education and the Office of Higher Education. The Senior Deputy Commissioner serves as a member of the Commissioner’s Leadership Team and provides guidance, analysis, and direction in achieving the strategic goals of the State Education Department.

Dr. Matteson’s career spans 35 years as an educator, beginning as a social studies teacher and assuming roles as a principal, superintendent, and most recently as District Superintendent of the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Dr. Matteson's contributions have extended beyond the localities in which he has worked. He has been a valuable member of various state workgroups, offering expertise on critical topics such as graduation measures, computer science education, work-based learning, and ESSA implementation, among others.

In addition to his administrative roles, Dr. Matteson has shared his wealth of knowledge as an educator at the college level and as a dedicated doctoral thesis advisor. He also assumed the role of chair of the BOCES District Superintendents, where he played a pivotal role in leading the state's response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Matteson's impact on education extends nationally, as he actively participated in the National Board Certification workgroup and provided invaluable insights during the TEACHNY roundtable discussions.

Dr. Matteson holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University in Virginia, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Castleton State College in Vermont, a B.A. in Social Studies from SUNY Cortland, and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from SUNY Morrisville.

Dates and Locations Set for Public Hearings on Mayoral Control of

New York City Schools

Public hearing dates

The New York State Education Department announced the dates and locations of a series of five public hearings as part of the State’s comprehensive review of the overall effectiveness of mayoral control of New York City schools. In accordance with Chapter 364 of the Laws of 2022, members of the public—including students, parents, teachers, school administrators and staff, and individuals with experience and expertise in education policy and school governance—are welcome to provide feedback on their experiences, assessments, and/or review of the mayoral control system of New York City schools to help inform the State’s review.

Members of the public may participate by providing oral testimony at one of five public hearings, and/or by submitting written electronic testimony. All hearings will take place in the evening and are accessible by public transportation. Additional information on the hearings and how to submit testimony will be released soon.

Youngstown Science Teacher Makes Hometown History with

$25,000 Milken Educator Award

Visiting dignitaries congratulate Milken Educator Award recipient Kimberly Alexander Carlo.  From left, Lewiston-Porter Central School District Superintendent Paul Casseri; Milken Educator Awards Senior Program Director Greg Gallagher; recipient Kimberly Alexander Carlo (NY '23); New York State Education Commissioner Dr. Betty A. Rosa; and Lewiston-Porter Middle School Principal Andrew M. Auer.

Congratulations to Kimberly Alexander Carlo, a seventh grade science teacher at Lewiston-Porter Middle School at Lewiston-Porter Central Schools in Youngstown, NY, on being honored this month with the 2023 Milken Award!

Presented by the Milken Family Foundation, the Educator Awards provide public recognition and financial awards of $25,000 to educators from around the country who are furthering excellence in education.

Photo credit: Milken Family Foundation

New York State Archives Announces Winners of the

2023 Annual Student Research Awards Statewide Competition

Student Research Awards

This month, the New York State Archives and the Archives Partnership Trust named the winners of the 2023 New York State Student Research Awards program. This annual awards program is a statewide competition open to all New York State students in grades four to twelve. The Awards recognize excellence in student research and encourage students to explore the wealth of historical records held in cultural institutions and records repositories across New York State. This year marks the 33rd year anniversary of the competition for young students in the elementary, middle school, and high school divisions.

Congratulations to the fourth grade class at Thornell Road Elementary School in Pittsford CSD, the winners in the elementary award category. The fourth graders created a book detailing the lives of Erie Canal workers buried in the local cemetery using historic resources and documents. 

Eight Jericho Union Free School District middle and high school students were the winners of the middle and high school categories. The winning Jericho middle school students submitted documentary projects highlighting a variety of historical topics including the Salem witch trials; the Navajo community members that created communication codes during World War II; and the impact of Jacob Riis’ photojournalism on poverty. The winning high school projects included a website on the role of Jazz Ambassadors during the Cold War and a research paper analyzing Venezuela as an economic pioneer. Congratulations to the winners!

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