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9-23-16 Field Memo

Commissioner’s Weekly Field Memo
Friday, September 23, 2016



Full memo [PDF, 524 KB] 

Notes from Commissioner Wagner


  1. Council approves FY 18 budget request
  2. RIDE receives federal grant to defray cost of AP tests for low-income students
  3. Education Secretary recognizes states, including R.I., for Seal of Biliteracy adoption
  4. Reminder: District, school leaders invited to meeting Monday on grants to support development, growth of education leaders
  5. Reminder: School leaders urged to encourage 10th-grade student participation in PSATs; deadline is today!

From the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE)


Accountability
  1. School classifications release scheduled for October 11; timetable of release announced
Instruction
  1. Comprehensive EL curriculum resources available to all educators
  2. RIDE seeks nominees for Literacy, Mathematics Advisory Boards; deadline, October 7
  3. LEAs asked to respond to survey on serving students with dyslexia by October 14 – Action Item
Assessments
  1. RIDE posts PARCC computer-based waiver application for schools
Reports
  1. RI-CAN issues annual report on R.I. education
  2. Education Week Research Center issues report on teachers’ perspectives
Scholarships:
  1. Reminder: LEAs asked to nominate high-school seniors for Presidential Scholar award by October 14 – Action Item
  2. Reminder: RIDE invites high schools, CTE programs to nominate students for Presidential Scholars awards; deadline, September 30 – Action Item
Legal:
  1. Reminder: LEAs asked to submit certification regarding Constitutionally Protected Prayer by October 3 – Action Item

From the U.S. Department of Education

  1. Education Secretary King sends back-to-school message
  2. USED issues guidance on improving English-language proficiency, academic achievement of ELs
  3. White House, USED convene second summit on redesigning high schools
  4. USED lists 7 things you need to know before filling out the FAFSA

From other organizations

  1. NESSC seeks proposals for sessions at annual School Redesign conference; deadline, November 1
  2. Educators, students invited to visit the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry sail training vessel
  3. Free college-application guide made available to counselors, students
  4. Write Rhode Island schedules writing workshops