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Highlights from the Regents Meeting | Jan. 14-15, 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019  
Transitional Certification for CPAs With Experience Working in Schools or BOCES

The Regents discussed a proposed amendment to Section 80-5.25 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to expand the type of eligible experiences for the Transitional H pathway for school district business leader certification.  Eligible experiences includes experience auditing New York State school districts, BOCES and municipalities and experience working in the business office of a New York State school district, BOCES and municipality.  The Department mentioned the support of ASBO New York for this change.  The regulations will undergo a 60-day public comment period and be presented to the Regents for approval at the May meeting.  If approved the regulations will become effective on May 24, 2019.

No Test Scores on Official Student Transcripts Continued

The Regents approved a regulation by emergency action that extends until December 31, 2019 the prohibition against putting individual student scores on a State administered standardized English language arts or mathematics assessment for grades three through eight on a student’s official transcript.  The regulation also continues the requirement that when school districts send any test results on such assessments to parents or persons in parental relation that they include a clear and conspicuous notice that such results will not be included on the student’s official transcript or in the student’s permanent record and are being provided for diagnostic purposes.  The regulations will undergo a comment period and be presented for permanent adoption at the May 2019 meeting.

Substitute Teachers Requirements

The Regents discussed proposed amendments to Section 80-5.4 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to the employment of substitute teachers who do not hold a valid teaching certificate. The Regents had a heated discussion of the proposed regulation including having a minimum of an Associate’s degree for individuals who do not hold a valid teaching certificate and are not working towards certification. The Commissioner agreed to revisit the regulation and withdrew it from consideration.

Professional Development Plans

The Regents discussed proposed amendments to sections 52.21, 57-2, 75.8, 80-1, 80-2, 80-3, 80-5, 80-6, 90.18, 100.2, 100.13, 100.15, 100.17, 100.19, 151-1, 154-2, and 200.2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and 30-1, 30-2, and 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents relating to professional development plans and other related requirements for school districts and BOCES.  The regulations increase the number of CTLE hours that can be claimed for serving as a mentor to a student teacher in each five-year registration period and removes the restriction on claiming CTLE hours for serving as a mentor to a student teacher in instances where the teacher preparation program provides remuneration to the mentor teacher.   The regulations will be presented for public comment and return to the Regents for approval at the April meeting.  If approved they will become effective April 24, 2019.

Student Data Privacy Regulations Require Employee Training and Data Protection Officers in Educational Agencies

The Regents discussed a regulation on student data privacy.  Part 121 clarifies the data security and privacy obligations of educational agencies and third-party contractors; establishes requirements for contracts and other written agreements where personally identifiable information (PII) will be provided to a third-party contractor and clarifies obligations where click-through agreements for software applications are used; establishes the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework as the standard for educational agencies data security and privacy programs; directs educational agencies to ensure that all employees that handle PII receive annual data security and privacy training; and requires that educational agencies identify a data protection officer that will be responsible for the educational agency’s data security and privacy program.  The regulations are available for public comment and will be brought to the Regents for approval at the May meeting and become effective July 1, 2019.

School Accountability

The Regents had a discussion of school accountability designations and opt-out rates from student assessments and whether a school could be designated as low performance on the basis of opt out rates alone.  This is not the case as other factors are taken into consideration.  Despite this members of the Board expressed concern that a school’s testing rates might affect its accountability status.

Cultural Responsiveness and Sustainability (CR-S)

Department staff and Regents reviewed work of an Advisory Panel for the Culturally-responsive-sustaining (CR-S) Framework.  They discussed the importance of creating such a framework and the steps that have been taken to date. Presenters reviewed a timeline, themes of collected feedback, the CR-S definition, and introductory pages of the CR-S framework. 

To view the agenda and supporting materials, go the Board of Regents website.