Special Education

Cover Memorandum - 2010-11 Application for Exception to the One Percent Cap on Proficient or Above Scores Based on Alternate Achievement Standards

January 2011
TO:
Public School Districts, Charter Schools and Special Act School Districts
FROM:
James P. DeLorenzo

SUBJECT:  2010-11 Application for Exception to the One Percent Cap on Proficient or Above Scores Based on Alternate Achievement Standards - PDF - memo only (29 KB)

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 2010-11 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 2010–11, 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 2007 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 2009-10 for both 2009-10 and 2010-11 do not need to reapply. Completed applications must be received by April 1, 2011 for consideration of exceptions for the 2010–11 school year.

Following the application are questions and answers related to the 1.0 percent cap. If you have further questions regarding this application, please direct them to speced@mail.nysed.gov or Cynthia Wilson in the Office of Special Education, Special Education Policy at 518-473-2878.

Attachment - Application for Exception to the One Percent Cap on Proficient or Above Scores Based on Alternate Assessment Achievement Standards 2010-11 - Word word document(130 KB)

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Last Updated: January 19, 2011