Special Education

QUALITY INDICATOR REVIEW AND RESOURCE GUIDES

TheState Education Department
The University of the State of New York
Albany, NY 12234

Office of P-12 Education
Office of Special Education

Quality Indicator Review and Resource Guides for

  • Literacy
  • Behavioral Supports and Interventions
  • Special Education Instructional Practices

June 2008

TO: All Interested Parties
FROM: James P. DeLorenzo 

SUBJECT: Quality Indicator Review and Resource Guides for Literacy, Behavior, and Delivery of Special Education Services

The P-12: Office of Special Education of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has developed a series of standardized and research-based Quality Indicator Review and Resource Guides to lead districts to assess and improve their use of research-based instructional practices for students with disabilities.  The Quality Indicator Review and Resource Guides have been developed by workgroups comprised of members of the Special Education Training and Resource Center (SETRC) Network, representatives of Institutions of Higher Education in New York State (NYS) and NYSED's Special Education Quality Assurance and Policy Units.  As one of NYSED ’s primary resources for school improvement in NYS, the SETRC networks will use the Quality Indicators to guide their work in the provision of professional development and technical assistance to districts and schools.

The Guides are intended to be used to support a quality improvement process that includes:

  1. assessing the quality of a school district’s instructional programs and practices in the areas of literacy, behavioral supports and interventions; and special education instructional practices;
  2. determining priority need areas; and
  3. prescribing and planning activities to change practices and improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

NYSED grants permission to NYS public schools, NYS approved private schools and NYS-based nonprofit organizations to copy this for use as a review and quality improvement guide. Please note however, that this material may not otherwise be reproduced in any form or by any means or modified without the written permission of NYSED. For further information, contact Office of Special Education's Program Development and Support Services Unit at (518) 486-7462 or write to the Office of Special Education, Program Development and Support Services Unit, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB, Albany, New York 12234.


All Rights Reserved by the New York State Education Department

The State Education Department grants permission to New York State (NYS) public schools, NYS approved private schools and NYS-based nonprofit organizations to copy the Quality Indicators for use as a review and quality improvement guide. This material may not otherwise be reproduced in any form or by any means without the written permission of NYSED. For further information, contact the Special Education Program Development and Support Services Unit at NYSED at (518) 486-7462 or write to the Office of Special Education, Program Development and Support Services Unit, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB, Albany, New York 12234


Structure and Content of the Quality Indicators

LITERACY - Update August 2014

  1. Systemic Support
  2. Early Literacy Instructional Practice
  3. Adolescent Literacy (Middle Level)
  4. Adolescent Literacy (High School)
  5. Specially-designed and Intensive Reading for Students with Disabilities 

BEHAVIORAL SUPPORTS AND INTERVENTIONS - Updated May 2014

  1. School-Wide Positive Behavioral Systems
  2. Classroom Management
  3. Small Group Interventions (SGI) for At-Risk Students
  4. Intensive Individualized Behavioral Interventions

SPECIAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES - Updated January 2012

  1. Instructional Environment and Practice
  1. Committee on Special Education (CSE) Process and Individualized Education Program (IEP) Development 
Last Updated: August 25, 2014