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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent


NYS Education Department Seeks Public Input on School Accountability Measures

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking public comment on potential new Indicators of School Quality and Student Success to be used in the state’s system for measuring school effectiveness under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which has replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. We wanted to make you aware of an online survey they are conducting so that you have an opportunity to participate in it.

ESSA requires states to reconsider how they measure the effectiveness of our public schools. In addition to proficiency rates of students in language arts and mathematics and high school graduation rates, the state’s school-accountability system must now include at least one additional indicator of School Quality or Student Success.  

NYSED has opened a public survey to gather input from parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, and other stakeholders in our education system about what these indicators should be. The survey is open through March 20 and can be found online at

“In developing New York’s ESSA plan, we are working to identify the most important tools for improving performance in schools,” said NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia in a media release about the survey. “That’s why it’s so important that we have input from stakeholders across the state, and I encourage anyone who would like to do so to take part in this survey. The indicators we choose will be key in helping us determine whether schools are finding the most effective ways to improve so our students can have the best possible chance at success.”

For more information about the state’s work in developing the required ESSA state plan, including dates of upcoming Regional Meetings and updates regarding the results of the survey, please visit thier ESSA website