Special Education

AMENDMENT OF THE REGULATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION
Pursuant to Education Law sections 101, 207, 208, 305, 4402 and 4403 - Wordword document (32 KB)

1.  Subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (7) of subdivision (b) of section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education is amended, effective February 1, 2012, as follows:
(iii)  Earning a Regents or local high school diploma shall be deemed to be equivalent to receipt of a high school diploma pursuant to Education Law, section 3202(1) and shall terminate a student's entitlement to a free public education pursuant to such statute.  Earning a high school equivalency diploma [or], an Individualized Education Program diploma or a skills and achievement commencement credential as set forth in section 100.6 of this Part shall not be deemed to be equivalent to receipt of a high school diploma pursuant to Education Law, section 3202(1) and shall not terminate a student's entitlement to a free public education pursuant to such statute.
2. Section 100.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education is repealed, effective February 1, 2012.
3. A new section 100.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education is added, effective February 1, 2012, as follows:
§100.6.  Skills and achievement commencement credential.
Beginning with the 2013-14 school year and thereafter, the board of education or trustees of a school district shall, and the principal of a nonpublic school may, issue a skills and achievement commencement credential to a student who has taken the State assessment for students with severe disabilities, as defined in section 100.1(t)(2)(iv) of this Part, in accordance with the following provisions: 

(a)  Prior to awarding the skills and achievement commencement credential, the governing body of the school district or nonpublic school shall ensure that:
(1) the student has been recommended by the committee on special education to take the alternate assessment in lieu of a required State assessment;
(2) such student meets the definition of a student with a severe disability as defined in section 100.1(t)(2)(iv); and

(3) the student has been afforded appropriate opportunities to participate in community experiences and development of employment and other instructional activities to prepare the student for post-secondary living, learning and employment .
(b)  The credential may be issued at any time after such student has attended school for at least 12 years, excluding kindergarten, or has received a substantially equivalent education elsewhere, or at the end of the school year in which a student attains the age of 21.

(c)  The credential shall be similar in form to the diploma issued by the school district or nonpublic school, except that there shall appear on such credential a clear annotation to indicate that the credential is based on achievement of alternate academic achievement standards.
(d)  The credential shall be issued together with a summary of the student’s academic achievement and functional performance, as required pursuant to section 200.4(c)(4) of this Title, that includes documentation of:
(1)  the student’s level of achievement and independence for each of the career development  and occupational studies learning standards set forth in section 100.1(t)(1)(vii)(a), (b) and (c) of this Part including, but not limited to. career development, integrated learning, universal foundation skills that include basic skills in in reading, writing, listening, speaking, math and functional math; thinking skills; personal qualities; interpersonal skills; use of technology; managing information and resources; systems skills;  
(2)  the student’s academic skills, as measured by the State assessment for students with severe disabilities; and

(3)  the student’s strengths and interests and, as appropriate, other student achievements and accomplishments.
School districts may use the State model form developed by the commissioner for the summary of academic and functional performance or a locally-developed form that meets the requirements of this subdivision. 
(e)  If the student receiving a credential is less than 21 years of age, such credential shall be accompanied by a written statement of assurance that the student named as its recipient shall continue to be eligible to attend the public schools of the school district in which the student resides without the payment of tuition until the student has earned a regular high school diploma or until the end of the school year in which such student turns age 21, whichever shall occur first.

4. A new subdivision (g) is added to section 100.9 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, effective February 1, 2012, as follows:
(g)  The provisions of this subdivision shall be deemed repealed on June 30, 2013 and no IEP diploma shall be awarded pursuant to this section on or after July 1, 2013.

5. Subparagraph (iii) of paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) of section 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education is amended, effective February 1, 2012, as follows:
(iii)  Prior to the student’s graduation with an individualized education program (IEP) diploma or, beginning with the 2013-14 school year, prior to a student’s exit with a skills and achievement commencement credential as set forth in section 100.6 of this Title, such prior written notice must indicate that the student continues to be eligible for a free appropriate public education until the end of the school year in which the student turns age 21 or until the receipt of a regular high school diploma.

Last Updated: September 20, 2011