Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for Special Education Services
May 30-31, 2013 -
Comfort Inn and Suites, East Greenbush, New York
Meeting Notes (PDF - 220 KB)
Thursday, May 30, 2013
||KEY POINTS DISCUSSION/RECOMMENDATIONS
|Welcome and Get Organized
- Member introductions
- Reviewed agenda and packets
- Reviewed dates and times for next year’s CAP meetings - Meetings next year will continue to be held on Thursdays (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and Fridays (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.). Scheduled dates are:
- November 7 and 8, 2013
- February 6 and 7, 2014
- May 29 and 30, 2014
|SED staff to send meeting dates to members
||A motion to accept the February 2013 minutes was made and seconded.
Motion approved: Minutes approved
- Reevaluation Issues
- Some districts refuse to reevaluate and/or are not providing evaluations requested.
- Parents need more information regarding reevaluations and what is required.
- Safe Act - Additional technical assistance for schools for individuals with mental health issues
- One to One Aides and Least Restrictive Environment - Some think a one to one aide makes a setting more restrictive.
- Public Comment Process - Members expressed concern that it was difficult to get members of the public to attend CAP meeting to provide public comment. SED staff reviewed parameters for public comment.
- Must be related to:
- education of students with disabilities;
- systemic issues; or
- policy and technical assistance needs and recommendations.
- Cannot be district or child specific
- CAP members are responsible for seeking comments and issues from constituents and providing that information at meetings.
- SED will provide information about evaluation requirements to Parent Centers.
- Future CAP agenda will include time for general discussion on issues related to the education of students with disabilities and policy and technical assistance implications.
- SED staff provided information and facilitated a discussion with members regarding the following:
- Planned expansion of Department-sponsored technical assistance and other projects funded with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) discretionary dollars;
- Justice Center;
- Preschool Special Education;
- BOCES Space Plan;
- Parental Consent to Bill Insurance;
- Autism Insurance Act;
- Potential State Performance Plan Changes;
- Office of Mental Health Day Treatment Programs;
- Members recommended the following:
- Parent Centers focus on youth self advocacy and self determination
- Presentation at a future CAP meeting on the Affordable Care Act; Autism Insurance Act and Medical Home Initiative
||CAP Members provided comment and/or recommendations on the following:
- Recommend faculty in teacher preparation programs receive training about Common Core, Universal Design for Learning and explicit instruction
- Transition program at SUNY Geneseo for high school students to obtain college experience while in high school
- Vocational Rehabilitation Youth Employment Services
- Office of Mental Health group focused on improving collaboration with districts
- Stress that teachers are facing related to budget cuts, program cuts, APPR, Common Core and district insolvency. Recommend change be introduced gradually to be effective and sustainable.
- Programs sharing special education services across districts due to funding cuts
- Department of Corrections – Respect Institute – training teachers on how to communicate better with clients
- Vocational Rehabilitation/Office of Special Education Memorandum of Understanding
|Impartial Hearing Decisions
- SED staff discussed and provided data and information on impartial hearings, resolution sessions and mediation in NYS; responded to questions and facilitated discussion with members
- Member Discussion/Recommendations Regarding Impartial Hearings:
- Suggested educating parents about State complaint process
- Expressed concern about limited use of resolution sessions
|Individualized Education Program (IEP) Facilitation
- SED staff provided information on the purpose of IEP facilitation, the role of IEP facilitators and how it is used and funded in other states.
- Member Discussion and Recommendations Regarding IEP facilitation:
- Need more discussion and education on benefits of process
- Facilitator should be knowledgeable about IEP process and special education
- Facilitator should be district selected and State trained
- All facilitators should have the same training
- Train CSE chairpersons to run more effective meetings
- Concerns regarding:
- Impact of creating additional level for parents and districts to engage in
- Potential resistance from parents and districts
- Introducing this concept in midst of many other changes
- Destroying the recording of discussion that is part of a facilitated IEP meeting
|Friday, May 31, 2013
||KEY POINTS DISCUSSION/RECOMMENDATIONS
|Discussion with SED Leadership
- SED Leadership discussed Race to the Top Initiatives, Pathways to Graduation and other topics as raised by CAP including:
- Need for increased mechanisms to communicate with parents
- SAVE Legislation
- Common Core
- English language learners (ELL) and Students with Disabilities
- Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Credential
- Member Comments and Recommendations
- Parent Communication - Rely more on special education Parent Centers to disseminate information
- SAVE Legislation -Give districts concrete examples of what works to promote safe and healthy schools
- Common Core Standards:
- Change and additional expectations are difficult with budget cuts and loss of teachers.
- Some districts have no professional development on the Common Core.
- There are limited monies to bring in experts.
- Parental involvement – bring parents and professionals together as equal partners and provide joint trainings
- ELLs and Students with Disabilities:
- Provide information on national research
- Appoint statewide committee and national steering group to advise SED
- CDOS Credential:
- Focus on marketing credential to employers, parents, students
- Need additional diploma options
|Members will send recommendations and information regarding:
- Strategies to improve communication with parents;
- Districts that are proactively and effectively focusing on safe and healthy schools;
- Strategies for leveraging professional development on the Common Core, including scaffolding for students with disabilities and ELLs
- Districts in which transition planning and services are effective
|Alternate Assessment Changes
- SED staff provided an update on changes being made to the 2013-14 New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA):
- Member Recommendations and Comments:
- Districts often over-identify students for NYSAA.
- Recommend providing additional guidance for CSE chairpersons on who is eligible and what is meant by severe disability.
- Strong recommendation that other diploma options be developed for all students not able to pass Regents assessments.
- Students are concerned that not passing Regents exams will result in teachers losing their jobs.
|CAP Accomplishments and Goals
- During the 2012-13 school year, members received information and provided comment on the following policies:
- Least restrictive environment (preschool and school age);
- State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report data, targets and interventions;
- Special education dispute resolution, including impartial hearing data and the process for mediation in NYS;
- IEP facilitation;
- CDOS Commencement Credential; and
- Changes to NYSAA.
- Member recommendations regarding the structure of meetings:
- Establish committees and task groups to work on specific issues between CAP meetings
- Spotlight a member or two at each meeting and have them discuss activities they are engaged in related to the education of students with disabilities
- Increased time for discussion around specific topics and suggested the following issues for discussion in 2013-14:
- School capacity to address needs of students with mental health issues
- IDEA/Elementary and Secondary Education Act, if scheduled for reauthorization
- Information on the Common Core Learning Standards and specially designed instruction
- Student performance on new Common Core 3-8 assessments
- Multiple diploma options
- Strategies for engaging students in career planning - presentation on Career Zone
- Changes in Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services Vocational Rehabilitation policies regarding competitive employment for students with disabilities
- Students with disabilities that are ELLs
- Violence prevention and bullying
- Restraint and seclusion
- Issues related to students in Juvenile Justice system
****Please note that during the 2012-13 school year, the November meeting was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy and the second day of the February meeting was canceled due to a winter storm.
||Staff provided a brief update on the CDOS Credential
December 13, 2013