The New York State Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) seek to ensure all students have equitable access to high-quality education opportunities, including effective instruction aligned to the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Full implementation of the new standards will begin during the 2020-2021 school year for prekindergarten through grade 8.
State investments to implement education initiatives are critical to realizing our goal of achieving educational equity. This week, Governor Cuomo gave his State of the State address, which contained several proposals that will benefit New York's students and adults. We are encouraged by many of the Governor's education proposals, including expanding early college high school training programs; expanding apprenticeships; increasing the number of Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) programs; expanding Universal Pre-Kindergarten; supporting afterschool programs; making college affordable for more middle class families; ensuring that every New Yorker is counted in the 2020 Census; increasing teacher diversity; expanding opportunity programs; and creating a mental health education and training competitive grant program for school districts.
If you have a college-bound student, the
New York State FAFSA Tracker website
is again available to track completion rates for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This tool provides information and valuable insight to help students with completing and filing the FAFSA form. The FAFSA Tracker allows users to view the overall number of completed applications for high schools across the state and compare them with their peers. Users are also able to view application progress trends year-to-year or review weekly, monthly, and year-to-date rankings of schools. The
FAFSA Tracker website
is a free service provided by
Data Insight Partners
in support of the advancement of students in New York.
Finally, if you will be in the Capital Region this weekend, consider visiting the State Museum for "
New York State's Great Places and Spaces
" program on Saturday. Representatives from over a dozen New York State historic sites and cultural organizations will provide educational hands-on activities and unique artifacts to explore. In addition, a themed exhibit tour of
Enterprising Waters: New York's Erie Canal
will be held at 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit the
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