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12-9-16 Field Memo

Commissioner’s Weekly Field Memo
Friday, December 9, 2016



Full memo [PDF, 461 KB] 

Notes from Commissioner Wagner


  1. Charter public school recommendations

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


Secondary Regulations:
  1. RIDE to publish resources on revised Secondary School Regulations
Educators:
  1. Nomination/application open for 2016-17 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
  2. Three changes to certification regulations effective January 1, 2017
Assessments:
  1. Spring 2016 PARCC released items now available
  2. Reduced Advanced Placement Test Fees for free/reduced-lunch eligible students for the 2016-17 school year
ESSA:
  1. Committee of Practitioners to meet Wednesday
Communications:
  1. RIDE to transition listserv service in new year
Data Collection:
  1. Reminder: Dates changed for reviewing Student Exit Data for Calculation of Cohort Graduation Rates
  2. Reminder: ISS Pre-K Module data updates clarification
  3. Reminder: Teacher Attendance collection
  4. Reminder: Data Collection Calendar
  5. Reminder: Data Collection Webinar
  6. Reminder: Several data collections are open, due in the next few months
  7. SurveyWorks administration windows and site coordinator assignment, update

From the U.S. Department of Education

  1. USED sends reminder of guidance and responsibilities for supporting children in foster care

From other state offices and agencies

  1. Poster available for schools to display DCYF statewide, toll-free hotline

From other organizations

  1. Hasbro launches Joy Maker Challenge to encourage child and teen service in their communities
  2. The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation 2017 Teacher Innovator Awards open for nominations
  3. National Youth Science Camp applications now being accepted