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Dear Parents,

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I'd like to take a moment to tell you how thankful I am for you and your work supporting schools and communities. I admire and appreciate your steadfast commitment to ensuring that the children of New York State receive a quality education . As parents, you make a real difference in your child's learning -- from reading with your child to helping your child with homework to spending time in your child's classroom. It's also National Family Week, a good time to recognize and support you and your families. I hope you will be able to spend time with your families this week and throughout the holiday season.

I'd like to share some updates from last week's Board of Regents meeting, including NYSED's partnership with the College Board and an announcement about the State Library's summer reading program.

Last week, NYSED announced a  partnership with the College Board  to help students identify and prepare for a postsecondary program that best fits their needs. Through this partnership, NYSED will work with the College Board to expand student access to unique, personalized learning pathways, including free, Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. The partnership builds upon the College Board's ongoing work with school districts and BOCES across the state, including in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers, and New York City. 

Also last week, NYSED announced that  2.2 million children statewide participated in the 2017 summer reading program , an increase of approximately 94,000 participants over last year's program. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the State Library's summer reading program. Learn more about the  State Library's summer reading program  and how your children can participate in next year's program.

Best wishes to you and your families for a healthy and happy holiday season. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


MaryEllen Elia