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10-21-16 Field Memo

Commissioner’s Weekly Field Memo
Friday, October 21, 2016



Full memo [PDF, 481 KB] 

Notes from Commissioner Wagner


  1. PSAT test administration proceeded smoothly across Rhode Island high schools
  2. Paul Cuffee School 4th-grade teacher wins Milken Educator Award
  3. San Antonio Superintendent reviews data, shows poverty is not destiny
  4. LEAs asked to contact families, request completion of meals-benefits applications as soon as possible

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


ESSA
  1. RIDE schedules 5 community forums on Every Student Succeeds Act
Instruction
  1. Second meeting scheduled for public feedback on personalized learning
  2. Applications for MSP grant for elementary-science coaching due November 4
Schools
  1. RIDE posts complete list of 2016 school classifications
Assessments
  1. RIDE issues reminders on student records, score reports for alternate assessments
English Learners
  1. EL census updates for ACCESS test ordering due Tuesday – Action Item
  2. Reminder : EL categorical funding plans, assurances due October 30 – Action Item
  3. EL and Title III Performance Reports due October 31 – Action Item
Business and Finance
  1. RIDE adopts new methodology for projecting, adjusted billing for LEA costs for statewide transportation

From the U.S. Department of Education

  1. USED issues guidance on ESSA and early learning
  2. USED issues policy brief on early learning, technology
  3. Schools encouraged to invite veterans into classrooms for teaching about Veterans Day
  4. USED issues guidance on providing a well-rounded education including a variety of disciplines

From other state agencies

  1. Postsecondary Office launches initiative to promote completion of FAFSA college-aid applications

From other organizations

  1. RIMLE to hold blended-learning event on Thursday
  2. RI Foundation offers college scholarships, education resources for teachers on Roger Williams and his teachings
  3. Write Rhode Island announces additional short-story workshops