Special Education

2016-17 Application for Exception to the One Percent Cap on Proficient or Above Scores Based on Alternate Achievement Standards

January 2017

To: District Superintendents, Superintendents of Public Schools, Principals of Public, Charter and Special Act Schools
From:
Christopher Suriano
Subject: 2016-17 Application for Exception to the One Percent Cap on Proficient or Above Scores Based on Alternate Achievement Standards

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Attached is the application by which local educational agencies (LEAs) may request an exception from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) to exceed the 1.0 percent cap in counting as proficient and advanced for accountability purposes, during the 2016-17 school year, the scores of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities based on alternate academic achievement standards. Only LEAs, including Charter Schools and Special Act School Districts, that are subject to accountability under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and that are able to document extraordinary circumstances should submit this application.

In 2016–17, every LEA is automatically allowed to have one student counted as proficient or above on the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) in grades 3 through 8 combined or in the 2013 cohort, even if that one student would cause the LEA to exceed the 1.0 percent cap. These LEAs do not need to complete this exception application. In addition, LEAs that were approved in 2015-16 for both 2015-2016 and 2016-2017do not need to reapply.

Completed applications must be received by April 1, 2017 for consideration of exceptions for the 2016–17 school year. Questions regarding this application may be directed to SPECED@nysed.gov or Kelly Onorato in the P-12: Office of Special Education, Special Education Policy Unit at 518-473-2878.

Last Updated: January 19, 2017