August 2015 – In This Issue
In the Spotlight...
The Survey Says: High School Graduates Are Unprepared for College
A recent set of surveys by Achieve, a national not-for-profit focused on
education reform and consisting of state governors and business leaders,
point to students’ lack of academic and social skills necessary for college
success. Links to the research questions and data are embedded in the
to read more.
How Do You Define College and Career Readiness?
The American Society for Curriculum Development discusses five steps to
support college and career readiness with a whole child focus. For more
Schools and the Military
The recent report “The Army Goes to School” details the impact of education
standards on children and families living
on Army bases. It turns out that local school quality has an impact on the
retention of military staff with school-aged children. Click
to read more.
Resources for Parents of Early Learners
can be found
AP US History Exam to Change
The College Board has updated the AP US History exam. To view the updated
Education Issues to Follow
As the new school year begins, PTAs should be aware of the following issues
in the education sphere. Here are
some links to learn more about these topics:
- New Commissioner and Board of Regents: How are people responding to the
Commissioner? Is there a new collaboration among educators? See
- APPR: How will districts respond to new APPR requirements? Click
- Struggling schools receivership: click
- Testing: Expectations on how state tests should or might change with a new
testing company. Click
- Money: How are schools being funded? What are the fiscal issues and
implications for the current school year? Click
Federal Update on ESEA
On July 8, the US House of Representatives passed the Student Success Act (H.R. 5), and on July 16, the US Senate adopted Every Child
Achieves Act. Each bill would reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB).
During the remaining legislative session, the differences between bills will be negotiated in an attempt to finally reauthorize the primary legislation
governing the federal role in K-12 education and nearly $15.4 billion for funding public schools.
To compare the Senate and House bills, see these stories:
Watch your email for more advocacy messages from National PTA.
Protections for People with Disabilities
Governor Cuomo recently signed two pieces of legislation that will offer some protections for people with disabilities. More information can be
found at the Governor’s website
New Position Papers
For all of NYS PTA’s position papers, click
Speech Services for Children with Autism
Federal officials are issuing a guidance document to remind schools not to
skimp on speech services for children with autism. The document
aims to ensure that the speech professionals are included in meetings that
determine services. To view the US Department of Education letter
on this issue, click
Service Animals for People with Disabilities
US Department of Justice has released a document including a FAQ page
regarding usage of service animals under the Americans with Disabilities
Act. Additional information can be found