Special Education

NYS CDOS Commencement Credential - Questions and Answers

D. Employability Profile

  1. What documentation should districts collect to substantiate the information on a student’s employability profile? 

The work skills employability profile is intended to document student attainment of technical knowledge and work-related skills.  Documents to validate skills reported on the profile could include, but are not limited to, an employer/teacher review of student work based on learning standards and expectations in the workplace, performance evaluations and observations. 

Students must have at least one employability profile completed within one year prior to school exit.  If a student is involved in a number of work-based learning experiences and/or is employed part time, he/she may also have additional employability profiles as completed by others knowledgeable about his or her skills (e.g., employer and/or job coach). 

  1. Will the employability profile for the CDOS Commencement Credential serve as the Student Exit Summary?

No.  The employability profile does not meet all of the requirements for the Student Exit Summary as established in section 200.4(c)(4) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.  The Student Exit Summary must include a summary of the student’s academic achievement and functional performance as well as recommendations to assist the student in meeting his/her post-secondary goals.

The employability profile demonstrates evidence of the student’s attainment of each of the commencement level CDOS standards, technical knowledge and work-related skills, work experiences, performance on industry-based assessments and work-related and academic achievements.  The information in the employability profile(s) should be considered when completing the Student Exit Summary.  Both documents should help the student better understand the impact of his/her disability and articulate individual strengths and needs as well as supports that would be helpful in post-school life.

Last Updated: November 5, 2013