|Superintendents of Public and Nonpublic Schools|
|Superintendents of State-Operated and State-Supported Schools|
|Principals of Public and Nonpublic Schools|
|Directors of Special Education|
|Chairpersons of Committees on Special Education|
|Directors of Pupil Personnel Services|
|Executive Directors of Approved Private Schools|
|Presidents of Boards of Education|
|State and Local Teacher Associations|
|Impartial Hearing Officers|
|Community Dispute Resolution Centers|
|Commissioners Advisory Panel for Special Education Services|
|SETRC Project Directors and Training Specialists|
|Organizations, Parents and Individuals Concerned with Special Education|
|From:||Lawrence C. Gloeckler|
|Subject:||Extension of the Safety Net for Students with Disabilities|
To earn a high school Regents diploma, students will need to take and pass the required course work and five Regents examinations. The safety net allows students with disabilities who do not pass a Regents exam required for their class to meet the requirements for a local diploma by passing the RCT or the equivalent in that subject. The student must take the required Regents exam but may take the RCT before or after the Regents exam. The RCTs will be available until the student graduates or reaches the age of 21. The safety net for students with disabilities is different from the 55 low pass local option available for all students, which allows students to earn local credit if they score between 55-64 on a Regents exam.
The following students qualify for the safety net:
Students with disabilities identified through a Committee on Special Education (CSE). Specific language regarding the availability of the safety net does not have to be indicated on the students Individualized Education Program (IEP).
Students with disabilities identified through the Section 504 Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) if recommended and documented by the MDT on the students Accommodation Plan.
Students with disabilities declassified while in grades 8-12 if recommended and documented by the CSE on the students IEP.
The safety net has been extended to allow additional time to gather data on how students with disabilities are doing on the required Regents exams and the effect of requiring students to take multiple Regents exams. It will also provide more time for general and special education teachers to receive training in instructional strategies and curriculum modifications and for students with disabilities to receive Academic Intervention Services (AIS) to assist in achieving State learning standards in English language arts, math, social studies and science.
If you have questions about this information, please contact the Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Special Education Policy Unit, at 518-473-2878 or your Regional Associate at one of the following VESID Special Education Quality Assurance Regional Offices:
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 (716) 344-2112, ext. 420
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