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March 8, 2019
Dear Parents,

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is developing a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access. This is part of New York's ESSA plan.

NYSED is gathering feedback from parents and stakeholders to guide the work of developing the Parent Dashboard. NYSED will use this feedback to identify the data that is most useful to parents and the public. Please complete this five-minute survey and tell us how we can make the Parent Dashboard as useful as possible. If you have any questions, please email us at

It's almost spring, and I know we're all looking forward to warmer weather and more daylight. But before we change our clocks this weekend, be sure to visit the New York State Museum if you're in the Albany area. Today is International Women's Day, and to help celebrate this weekend, you can visit the Museum for its "Women of Science" program! Throughout the day on Saturday, visitors can meet over a dozen scientists, engage in hands-on educational activities, complete an activity booklet, and attend short talks and "Ask a Scientist" panels. The event will take place this Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., and admission is free!

As you know, spring is also the time when schools across the state administer the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests. Updated parent resources about the 2019 tests are now available on our assessment website. The resources have important information about what parents need to know about the 2019 assessments and answer many frequently asked questions about the tests.
Thank you for your continued partnership and dedication to your children's education.
MaryEllen Elia