Education Delivery and Improvement in NYS

The New York State Education Department is part of the University of the State of New York (USNY), one of the most complete, interconnected systems of educational services in the US. The State Education Department has the following main branches, each under the direction of the Commissioner of Education:

Office of P-12 Education (P-12)
The Office of P-12 Education oversees pre-K through 12th-grade programs. The Office of P-12 Education has diverse responsibilities which are carried out by two offices:

Information and Reporting Services
Educational Technology
School Innovation
School Operations
Special Education

Office of Higher Education (OHE)
This division oversees colleges, universities, and proprietary schools; is responsible for the certification of teachers and other school professionals; and oversees programs to improve teacher preparation and recruitment.

Office of the Professions (OP)
Since 1891, the Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department have overseen the preparation, licensure, and practice of the professions. Currently, the Office regulates forty-eight professions defined in Title VIII of the Education Law.

Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES)
The Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) focuses on the education and employment needs of New York State's adults: Vocational Rehabilitation (including Independent Living Administration), Adult Education, High School Equivalency (GED®/TASC™), and Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.

NYSED Organization Chart  - A high-level organization chart provides an overview of the relationship among these offices.


Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) 

On February 16, 2012, Governor Cuomo proposed budget legislation that would amend Education Law section 3012-c to resolve the issues in New York State United Teachers, et. al v. Board of Regents, the litigation challenging these regulations. The Department will be proposing amendments to Subpart 30-2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner to conform to the statutory changes and reflect the agreement to settle the litigation. NYSED anticipates that the amendments will substantially impact the conduct of Annual Professional Performance Reviews for the 2012-13 school year. The New York State Board of Regents has adopted regulations that will implement a statewide teacher and principal performance evaluation system which will take effect during the 2011-2012 school year. These evaluations will play a significant role in a wide array of employment decisions, including promotion, retention, tenure determinations, termination, and supplemental compensation, and will be a significant factor in teacher and principal professional development.

CASDA - Capitol Area Development Association, is one of 40 school study councils in the nation. As an education and research non-profit at the University at Albany's School of Education, it offers a variety of programs and services including professional development and consulting services to assist school districts with increasing student outcomes, improving organizational structures, and enhancing school leadership. Some of these include a Principals, Guild, Athletic Directors Roundtable, and video library. 


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