Special Education

NYS CDOS Commencement Credential - Questions and Answers

G. Students Exiting Before July 2015 and Transfer Students

  1. For students exiting prior to July 2015, the decision about whether or not to award the CDOS credential is up to the principal with input from relevant faculty.  What kind of evidence is required to demonstrate that the student has achieved each of the commencement level CDOS learning standards?

For students with disabilities who exit from high school prior to July 1, 2015, the CDOS Commencement Credential may be awarded to a student who has not met all of the requirements, provided that the school principal, in consultation with relevant faculty (e.g., guidance counselors, teachers, job coaches, CTE teachers and/or others knowledgeable about the student’s skills), has determined that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills in the commencement level CDOS learning standards related to career planning, integrated learning and the universal foundation skills.  An award of this credential means that the student is ready for entry-level employment and therefore, the principal must have evidence that the student has successfully completed relevant instructional and work-based learning activities during the student’s secondary school years that demonstrates the student has readiness skills for entry-level employment.

There are many ways a student can demonstrate attainment of all of the CDOS standards.  Successful completion of the sample tasks provided for the CDOS standards while the student is engaged in CTE and other coursework and work-based learning experiences provide evidence that the student has met that standard.  However, up until June 30, 2015, the total hours of the CTE coursework and/or work-based learning activities may be less than the equivalent of two units of study (216 hours).

  1. How does a principal determine whether or not a student who transfers from another school district meets the requirements of the CDOS Commencement Credential?

For students with disabilities who transfer from another school district within the State or another state, the principal must, after consultation with relevant faculty, evaluate the work-based learning experiences and coursework on the student’s transcript or other records to determine if the student meets the requirements of the CDOS Commencement Credential.

When making the determination as to whether the student meets the requirements of the CDOS Commencement Credential in these situations, the principal, in consultation with relevant faculty should consider the following:

  • Documentation that the student has engaged in career planning and exploration.  Minimally, all students should have a career plan;
  • Evidence that the student has attained each of the commencement level CDOS learning standards;
  • The extent to which the student has successfully completed instruction, courses of study and transition activities at the secondary level related to the student’s post-secondary employment goals; and
  • An evaluation of the student’s employability skills as documented in the employability profile of the student.
Last Updated: November 5, 2013