Special Education

Extension of the Regents Competency Test (RCT) Safety Net for Students with Disabilities

January 2010

TO:
District Superintendents
Superintendent of Schools
Presidents of Boards of Education
Directors of Special Education
Superintendents of State-Operated and State-Supported Schools
Executive Directors of Approved Private Schools
New York City Board of Education
Principals of Public Schools
Directors of Pupil Personnel Services
Organizations, Parents and Individuals Concerned with Special Education
Commissioner's Advisory Panel for Special Education Services
Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers
Regional School Support Centers
Other State Agencies
FROM:
James P. DeLorenzo  

SUBJECT: 
Extension of the Regents Competency Test (RCT) Safety Net for Students with Disabilities:  Amendment to section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to Diploma Requirements for Students with Disabilities - PDF PDF Document (50 KB)

This is to inform you that the Board of Regents has approved for permanent adoption the amendment of section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to diploma requirements for students with disabilities.  The amended regulations extend the existing RCT safety net for an additional year to make it available to all students with disabilities entering grade 9 prior to September 2011 (i.e., students with disabilities entering grade 9 in the 2010-11 school year).  The RCTs are available to these students until they graduate or until the end of the school year in which they turn 21. These regulations became permanently effective on January 7, 2010.

A copy of the amended regulations may be found at http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2009Meetings/December2009/1209vesida1.pdf or http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2009Meetings/December2009/1209vesida1.doc.

To ensure dissemination to appropriate individuals within a school district, I ask Superintendents to please share this memorandum with individuals such as Directors of Special Education, School Psychologists, Committee on Special Education (CSE), Guidance Counselors and Directors of Pupil Personnel and Parent Teacher Associations.  Questions regarding this memorandum may be directed to the Special Education Policy Unit at 518-473-2878 or to the Special Education Quality Assurance Office in your region:

Central Regional Office - (315) 476-5081
Eastern Regional Office - (518) 486-6366
Hudson Valley Regional Office - (914) 245-0010
Long Island Regional Office - (631) 884-8530
New York City Regional Office - (718) 722-4544
Western Regional Office - (585) 344-2002
Nondistrict Unit - (518) 473-1185

Last Updated: June 30, 2010