Special Education

Highlights of the Commissioner’s Advisory Panel Accomplishments

Accomplishments for 2013-14

The Commissioner’s Advisory Panel (CAP) for Special Education Services was established pursuant to P.L. 94-142, Education of the Handicapped Act. Section 4403(6) of Education Law, section 612 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and section 300.169 of the Code of Federal Regulations prescribe its responsibilities.  CAP provides recommendations to the Commissioner of Education and the P-12: Office of Special Education with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in New York State (NYS).  The Commissioner shares appropriate recommendations with the Governor and Legislature.

During the 2013-14 school year, CAP received information and provided comment on the following policies:

  • preschool initiatives;
  • Youth Employment Services Program Vocational Rehabilitation Transition activities;
  • day treatment program models;
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act Waiver;
  • Safe Schools Task Force;
  • Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC);
  • Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA);
  • engaging parents in the Common Core Learning Standards;
  • English language learners who are students with disabilities;    
  • State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report data, targets and interventions;
  • State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP);
  • special education dispute resolution, including impartial hearing data and the process for mediation in NYS; and
  • individualized education program facilitation.
Last Updated: August 2, 2014