Special Education

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News and Announcements

News and timely information from Special Education

Committees on Preschool Special Education (CPSE)/Committees on Special Education (CSE)

Professional Development information for members of CSEs.

Effective Practices

Identifies effective practices in schools that have resulted in improving the quality of education for students with disabilities and increased achievement of students with disabilities.

List of ApprovedĀ  Schools for Students with Disabilities (Ages 5-21)

Submission requirements and New York State List of Approved Private Schools, Special Act School Districts, State Operated Schools and State-Supported Schools for Students with Disabilities. These school-age programs are listed alphabetically, geographically and by disability served and link to general information regarding each school.

Residential Program Information and Matches

Submission requirements and list of residential school-age programs in approved private schools and special act districts - listed alphabetically and by disability. Programs are also listed by student needs served and links to more specific information regarding student profiles served and services offered.

Records Retention and Disposition Schedule ED-1

Retention and disposition schedules for use by school districts, BOCES, county vocational and education extension boards, and Teacher Resource and Computer Training Centers.  (2016)


Strategic Evaluation Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting (SEDCAR) unit of NYSED is responsible for all aspects of data collection, analysis, and reporting to meet federal and State reporting requirements for special education and vocational rehabilitation, evaluate the Department's strategic goals, and inform policy.

Contact Information

You may call the Special Education Quality Assurance office in your region of the State or contact us by e-mail for assistance. Regional Associates work with local districts, parents, and other stakeholders to assist them in both understanding the complex issues related to special education services and resolving concerns that may arise.


Other State Agencies

Office of Children and Family Services external link

Office of Mental Health external link

Office for People with Developmental Disabilities external link

Last Updated: January 21, 2016