Special Education

NYS CDOS Commencement Credential - Questions and Answers

E. Documentation

  1. Must a district maintain an ongoing record of the student’s skills in relation to the CDOS learning standards or only the final employability profile and/or career plan?

The district must have documentation of how students demonstrated achievement of the CDOS learning standards 1, 2 and 3a at the commencement level in order to award the credential.  For purposes of the student’s permanent record, the district must maintain a copy of the career plan that was in effect during the school year in which the student exits high school and at least one employability profile completed within one year prior to a student’s exit from high school.

  1. Districts are required to maintain a copy of the career plan that was in effect during the school year that the student exits high school in the student’s permanent record.  How can the final career plan be maintained in the student’s record for those using CareerZone as a career planning tool?

Students who created a career plan using CareerZone may print a copy of their career plan from CareerZone.  This is the same career plan as the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) model commencement level career plan.

  1. What documentation should be included in the transcript of the student earning the CDOS Commencement Credential?

The transcript must identify that the student earned the NYS CDOS Commencement Credential and document the career and technical education (CTE) coursework and number of hours of work-based learning experiences the student completed.

  1. Where in the individualized education program (IEP) should it indicate that a student is working towards the CDOS Commencement credential? (August 2014)

Documentation that the student is working toward the CDOS Commencement Credential does not need to be, nor do we recommend that it be, documented in the student’s IEP.  School districts should provide all students with appropriate career planning, coursework instruction and work-based learning activities that would provide all students with disabilities the opportunity to exit with the credential.  By indicating in the IEP that a particular student is working toward the credential may have the unintended consequence of ‘tracking’ the student to exit with the credential in lieu of a regular high school diploma.

  1. Will the State issue a model certificate for the CDOS Commencement Credential? (August 2014)

Each school is responsible for developing a certificate at the local level that is similar in form to the district diploma.  The certificate must not use the term “diploma” and it must indicate that the NYS CDOS Commencement Credential is endorsed by the NYS Board of Regents as a certificate of readiness for entry level employment.  The model certificate for award of the NYS CDOS Commencement Credential can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/gradrequirements/home.html.

  1. If a student does not meet the requirements to earn a NYS CDOS Commencement Credential and does not receive a diploma, does the student receive any other type of document upon graduation (i.e., certificate of attendance or other recognition that they have worked toward their annual goals of their individualized education program)? (August 2014)

Nothing in State law, regulation or guidance prevents a school from issuing certificates of attendance or recognition.  This is a local decision made by the school district.

Last Updated: August 7, 2014