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      NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
      OFFICE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
      EDUCATOR PREPARATION NEWSLETTER

      October 2019


      The Office of Higher Education (OHE) newsletter describes the current and upcoming activities related to higher education, with a particular focus on the preparation of educators. This newsletter, past newsletters, and a subscription link are available online on the OHE website.

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      BOARD OF REGENTS OCTOBER ITEMS

      Student Data Privacy and Security. Education Law Section 2-d outlines certain requirements for educational agencies and their third-party contractors to ensure the security and privacy of personally identifiable information (PII) of students. The Department proposed regulatory amendments to add Part 121 to the Commissioner’s Regulations to implement this law. Provisions in the proposal include clarifying the data privacy and security obligations of educational agencies and third-party contractors as well as directing educational agencies to ensure that all employees who handle PII receive annual data security and privacy training. The proposal went out for public comment twice. In response to the most recent comment period, the Department presented changes to the proposal to the Board of Regents. The proposed regulatory amendments have moved to another 45-day public comment period that ends on December 9, 2019.

      ASSESSMENT VOUCHERS

      Education Deans/Directors are currently providing the Office of Teaching Initiatives with the data needed to distribute assessment fee vouchers for the Content Specialty Tests (CSTs), Educating All Students (EAS) test, and edTPA. The vouchers will be distributed this fall after the data are collected from the institutions of higher education.

      NYSATE/NYACTE CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

      The 2019 New York State Association of Teacher Educators (NYSATE)/New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (NYACTE)external link Annual Fall Conference took place on October 16-18 in Saratoga Springs and included presentationsexternal link from New York State Education Department leaders and staff members. From the Office of Higher Education, Assistant Commissioner Anael Alston and Laura Glass each led plenary sessions, and Patrick Darfler-Sweeney participated in a roundtable Session. Eric Sweet, Susan Brockley, Andrea Faoro (Office of Curriculum & Instruction) and Tanya Amodio-Kovacs (Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages) also led sessions. John D’Agati, former Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Higher Education, was presented with the NYSATE-NYACTE Award for Service to the Field of Teacher Education.

      DRAFT NYS K-12 COMPUTER SCIENCE AND DIGITAL FLUENCY LEARNING STANDARDS

      The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has released a draft of the NYS K-12 Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards for stakeholder feedback. The draft standards were developed and reviewed by committees consisting of NYS educators, parents, curriculum specialists, school administrators, and institution of higher education faculty. NYSED is accepting feedback on the draft standards through November 15, 2019. Visit the NYS K-12 Computer Science and Digital Fluency Learning Standards Review to review the standards and submit feedback. For more information, contact the Office of Educational Design and Technology at (518) 474-5461 or edtech@nysed.gov.

      REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL LABORATORY WORKSHOP SERIES ON CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING

      The Office of Higher Education participates in the Regional Educational Laboratory-Northeast & Islands (REL-NEI) Teacher Preparation Research Allianceexternal link. The REL programexternal link is funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and offers research-based resources and professional learning opportunities for institutions of higher education. REL-NEI is offering a two-part interactive webinar series for educator preparation program faculty and staff, as well as mentoring and cooperating teachers, on “Supporting a Culturally Responsive Approach to Data Literacy in the Preparation of Teachers”. Information about the sessions is provided below.

      NEW YORK STATE TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS (NYSTCE) TEST DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

      Candidate Field Testing Opportunities. Juniors, seniors, or graduate students currently or recently enrolled in an approved educational preparation program preparing them for New York State Initial certification can participate in a field testexternal link for the redeveloped Content Specialty Tests (CSTs) in the following subject areas through November 22, 2019: English Language Arts, Health, Mathematics, Physical Education, and Social Studies. By participating in a field test, candidates preview actual test questions, gain valuable practice in computer-based testing, and provide input on future tests. In addition, they receive a $50 Barnes & Noble eGift card OR a $100 test fee voucher that may be applied to future test fees. Ongoing field test opportunities can be found in the “Important Announcements” section of the NYSTCE websiteexternal link.

      NEW YORK STATE TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMINATIONS (NYSTCE) TEST DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

      Candidate Field Testing Opportunities. Juniors, seniors, or graduate students currently or recently enrolled in an approved educational preparation program preparing them for New York State Initial certification can participate in a field testexternal link for the redeveloped Content Specialty Tests (CSTs) in the following subject areas through November 22, 2019: English Language Arts, Health, Mathematics, Physical Education, and Social Studies. By participating in a field test, candidates preview actual test questions, gain valuable practice in computer-based testing, and provide input on future tests. In addition, they receive a $50 Barnes & Noble eGift card OR a $100 test fee voucher that may be applied to future test fees. Ongoing field test opportunities can be found in the “Important Announcements” section of the NYSTCE websiteexternal link.

      Recruiting Educators for Test Development Committees. The Department is seeking educators to participate in the following committees that will meet in early 2020. Certified P-12 educators and higher education professionals, including both higher education teacher preparation faculty and higher education faculty who have content expertise, are encouraged to apply for the committees by visiting the Educator Involvement Opportunities webpage and completing the online applicationexternal link.

      • Computer Science Framework Review
      • Bilingual Education Assessment Framework Review
      • Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics Content Specialty Tests (CSTs) Standard Setting
      • Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts Bank Expansion Item Review
      • School Building Leader Assessment Item Review

      Revised Science Content Specialty Tests (CSTs). It is anticipated that the revised CSTs in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics will become operational on November 11, 2019. The Board of Regents adopted regulatory amendments to create safety nets for the CSTs in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics so that candidates may take either the revised CST or the predecessor CST for one year after the revised CSTs in each science subject area becomes operational. The test frameworks are available on the NYSTCE websiteexternal link to assist candidates and teacher preparation programs in the preparation of candidates for the revised tests. Study Guides for the revised CSTs in Biologyexternal link, Chemistryexternal link, Earth Scienceexternal link, and Physicsexternal link are also available on the NYSTCE websiteexternal link. The study guides include sample selected-response questions and sample constructed-response items.

      EDTPA PASSING SCORE INCREASING

      In June 2017, the edTPA Standard Setting Panel recommended new passing scores for the edTPA and a four-year phase-in period for the new passing scores. The phase-in period began on January 1, 2018. According to the schedule, the edTPA passing scores will increase by one point on January 1, 2020. ?

      Candidates who submit their edTPA after December 5, 2019 will receive their score after January 1, 2020external link when the new passing scores apply. The passing scores will then increase by one point for the last time on January 1, 2022. The passing scores effective January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2022 are posted on the Office of Teaching Initiatives website.

      WEBSITES

      Office of Higher Education

      Room 975 EBA
      89 Washington Avenue
      Albany, NY 12234
      (518) 486-3633

       

      Last Updated: December 23, 2019
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