Special Education

Public Comment - Proposed Amendment of Sections 100.5, 100.6, 100.9 and 200.5

The proposed amendment of sections 100.5, 100.6, 100.9 and 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education would repeal the individualized education program (IEP) diploma for students with disabilities upon expiration of the 2012-13 school year and, beginning with the 2013-14 school year, establish a Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential only for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities* who have taken the New York State Alternate Assessment and who are not eligible for a regular diploma.
*Please note that the Department is deferring proposed regulations relating to an optional credential that documents attainment of Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) standards for other students until the Board of Regents has reached decisions regarding changes to the pathways for a regular high school diploma.

The proposed amendment was discussed at the September 12-13, 2011 Board of Regents meetingword document.  It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be submitted for adoption at the January 2012 Board of Regents meeting with a proposed effective date of February 1, 2012.  A Notice of Proposed Rule Making will be published in the New York State Register on October 5, 2011. 

Written comments on the proposed amendment will be accepted for 45-days after its October 5, 2011 publication in the New York State Register (must be received by November 21, 2011) and may be submitted to: New York State Education Department, P-12: Office of Special Education, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB, Albany, New York 12234, Attention: Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential.  Comments may also be faxed to 518-473-5387 or emailed to spedpubliccomment@mail.nysed.gov. We request that written public comment regarding the proposed regulations be provided using the Public Comment Submission Sheet word document(54 KB).

A copy of the proposed amendment may be accessed at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/comment/terms-alternatecredential.htm.

Last Updated: September 28, 2011