The New York State Education Department has released a new draft of the P-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards for public comment. The new draft standards are the result of the yearlong effort supported by the New York State School Boards Association to gather feedback from teachers and parents.
Two committees comprised of more than 100 teachers and parents reviewed every standard and recommended changing 60 percent of the ELA and 55 percent of the mathematics standards.
NYSED will be accepting public comments on the draft standards through Nov. 4. For more information, please visit www.nysed.gov/draft-standards-english-language-arts
In addition, a number of changes connected with school health and safety have been adopted by New York State, including mandatory water testing for lead, revisions to fire and lockdown drills, school safety plans and essential training. The State Education Department offers materials and resources to support districts as they update plans and training programs. For more information, please visit https://safeschools.ny.gov