Education Committee Newsletter- March 2001

Two New Members Of Board of Regents Elected

The legislature elected two new members to the Board of Regents in March. Joseph E. Bowman Jr., an assistant professor at the State University of Albany’s School of Education, was elected to fill the unexpired term of Eleanor Bartlett. She resigned from the third Judicial District seat last July to head the New Covenant Charter School in Albany. Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez was elected to fill the unexpired term of Ricardo Oquendo, who resigned as of March 31st from the 12th Judicial District seat. Ms. Vazquez is president of Hispanic Federation Inc. and former chief of staff to Assemblyman Roberto Ramirez from the Bronx.

The legislature also re-elected Regent Anthony Bottar from the Fifth Judicial District and Regent Merryl Tisch who serves at-large.

The Board of Regents re-elected Chancellor Carl Hayden and elected Regent Adelaide Sanford as vice-chancellor.

School Report Card Data for 1999-2000 Now Available

The New York State Education
Department recently released the 1999-2000 school report card data.

Overall the data shows that the number of students passing Regents exams has risen. The number of students exceeding the standards by passing 8 Regents exams has risen to 49 percentage points which is a increase of 9 percentage points since 1996. The passing rate for 1999-2000 Regents exams is relatively high for most exams, except for mathematics in a number of cities including New York City.

The first-time results of the State’s new School Accountability System show that most middle schools had not yet achieved the benchmark in math set by the State Education Commissioner for this year.

The annual number of students reported by school districts as dropping out of high school

rose to 4.1 percent in 1998-99, the latest year available. This was due primarily to a rise in New York City. The number in the rest of the State rose one-tenth of one percent, to 2.3 percent.

Statewide data on the 1997 cohort of students shows the following after three years. (Note: General education students who began 9th grade for the first time in 1997 are required to pass the Regents English and Math Exam. Counting of these students began in 1999, so all dropouts are included except for the first two years of high school. This cohort does not include students who transferred to another high school or GED program between October 1999 and June 2000.)

Results after three years show that 78% of students had passed the Regents English Exam, 4 percent had failed it, and 18 percent had not yet taken it. (The students are now in their fourth year of high school.)

Among juniors and seniors in this group, 91 percent had passed the English exam, 3 percent failed it and 6 percent had not yet taken it.

In Regents Math, 71 percent had passed the exam, 10 percent failed it, and 13 percent had not yet taken it.

Among juniors and seniors, 88 percent had passed it, 7 percent failed it, and 5 percent had not yet taken it.

When analyzing student results by school need-to-resource categories, results for English show 60 percent of students in New York City, 66 percent of students in the Big Four Cities, 76 percent in the Urban-Suburban High Need Districts (mostly small cities), and 89 percent or more in the High Need Rural, Average Need and Low Need Districts had passed.

For Math, results show 56 percent of students in New York City, 55 percent in the Big Four Cities, 76 percent in the Urban Suburban High Need areas, and 89 percent or more in the rest of the districts passed the Regents Math Exam after three years.

Note that those who have not passed or did not yet take these two exams still have a chance to do so and graduate in 4 years.

To view your own school’s report card go to www.nysed.gov/home and you will see where to click for more school report card information.

Internet-based “Virtual Job Fair”

New York’s colleges and universities are sponsoring a “virtual job fair” March 15 through May 31 on the Internet.

During the second-annual job fair, thousands of students and alumni from more than 170 public and private institutions in New are invited to seek full- and part-time jobs as well as internships.

Employers seeking candidates for jobs and internships can submit information about their organization and hiring needs. Job-seekers can search this information and submit resumes through the Web Site. The job fair will be promoted on more than 150 institutions’ Web pages.

Last year, this Virtual Job Fair was the largest of its kind in the country, organizers say, with more than 500 organizations participating and hundreds of placements.

For additional information or to register for the job fair on-line, visit www.nysvirtualjobfair.org