BOCES to Host Forums on State Education Plan

Pictured Above: Educators discuss one of the state’s “high concept ideas” at a forum held in October 2016.

Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES will host public forums in March to gather feedback on New York’s developing plan to implement the federal government’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The forums will be held on March 8 from 7 PM to 9 PM and on March 9 from 9 AM to 11 AM in the School Services Building on BOCES’ Yorktown campus. The goal of the forums is to engage the public in a discussion on a series of questions the state Education Department must answer in order to develop a draft plan.

ESSA, passed by Congress a year ago, replaces No Child Left Behind, the sweeping education reform measure signed by President George W. Bush in 2002. Each state must develop a plan to implement the law. At this point, the state Education Department has drafted “high concept ideas” addressing topics such as accountability measurements, supporting English language learners, supporting excellent educators and creating challenging academic standards.

ESSA retains many of the provisions of No Child Left Behind related to standards, assessment, accountability and use of federal funds. However, the new law allows states to come up with means for measuring school success and to determine the supports and interventions to provide when schools need improvement.

In October, the state held a series of forums, including one at PNW BOCES, to gather input from parents, students and educators. This second round of forums is aimed at creating a dialogue with the public and documenting feedback before seeking approval from the state Board of Regents to issue a formal draft plan.

Anyone who wishes to participate in either forum should RSVP by emailing Jennifer DelVecchio ( no later than March 1st.