News, Announcements and Timely Information
Sample Due Process Complaint Notice has been revised to request information from parents who request an impartial hearing as to whether they have another impartial hearing pending or, within the prior year, had requested an impartial hearing and subsequently withdrew their request.- Forms and Notices - The
memorandum providing additional guidance relating to recent amendments to sections 200.1, 200.5 and 200.16 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to special education impartial hearings is now available. The amendments became effective February 1, 2014.- Policy Guidance - A
Public Comment - The New York State Education Department, P-12: Office of Special Education is seeking public comment on its revised proposed amendment to State regulations relating to Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012 (“Protection of People with Special Needs Act”). The proposed amendment has now been revised as a result of further discussions with the Justice Center and other State oversight agencies and additional clarification that was provided regarding certain provisions in the statute. Comment must be received by March 28, 2014.-
Summer 2014 Extended School Year (ESY) Special Education Programs and clarifying programmatic and reimbursement policies relating to ESY programs are now available.- Application - Information and materials pertaining to
Annual Performance Report - The New York State Education Department, Office of Special Education, has posted its Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Annual Performance Report for Federal Fiscal Year 2012. This report provides information on data and improvement activities relating to 18 indicators in three federal priority areas: Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment; Disproportionality: and Effective General Supervision.
Amendment to Regulations - The Board of Regents has approved for permanent adoption the amendment of sections 200.1, 200.5 and 200.16 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to special education impartial hearings effective February 1, 2014.
Public Comment - New York State's Annual State Application Under Part B of IDEA for Federal Fiscal Year 2014 is available for public review for 60 days. The application includes the identification of State requirements that are not otherwise required by federal law and regulations pursuant to IDEA section 608(a)(2). Written public comment on the IDEA Part B Application will be accepted for 30 calendar days as required by federal law, starting February 17, 2014.
Response to Intervention (RtI) and to seek “Applications of Interest” from school districts for technical assistance on RtI implementation from newly established regional professional development technical assistance teams.The Office of P-12 Education of the New York State Education Department is pleased to announce the expansion of technical assistance resources to assist schools across the State to implement high quality programs of
Applications - The application by which local educational agencies may request an exception from NYSED to exceed the 1.0 percent cap in counting as proficient and advanced for accountability purposes, during the 2013-14 school year, the scores of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities based on alternate academic achievement standards is now available.
Annual Registration - The annual American Printing House for the Blind census program is administered by the New York State Resource Center located in Batavia, New York. The form and instructions for the annual census of NEW students who are legally blind are now available.
Policy Memorandum - The Board of Regents has approved for permanent adoption the amendment of sections 200.3 and 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The amendment conforms State regulations to Chapter 213 of the Laws of 2013 relating to the additional parent member of a committee on preschool special education and became effective December 4, 2013.
Policy Memorandum - The P-12: Office of Special Education has issued a memorandum providing clarification on access to official authorized copies of the Parent Survey for Indicator 8 of the State Performance Plan.
Policy Memorandum - The New York State Education Department, P-12: Office of Special Education has issued a memorandum that addresses policies and protocols that all public and private schools serving students with disabilities must have in place to address, prevent and respond to student behaviors of wandering and elopement, particularly for students with cognitive impairments.
Technical Assistance - The P-12: Office of Special Education is pleased to announce that a series of six webinar modules and a question and answer document on the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential are now available.
Policy Memorandum - The Board of Regents approved, for permanent adoption, amendments to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to special education space requirements plans. The amendments, which became effective October 2, 2013, conform State regulations to Chapter 57 of the Laws of 2013.
Translations - The sample consent form related to parental consent for the use of public benefits or insurance pursuant to IDEA is now available in Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Russian and Haitian-Creole.
Policy Guidance -The New York State Education Department has issued clarification regarding an amendment to Title 10 (Department of Health) Regulations entitled, “Prevention of Influenza Transmission by Healthcare and Residential Facility and Agency Personnel,” effective July 31, 2013 as it relates to approved special education preschool and school-age programs.
Applications - The New York State Education Department’s P-12: Office of Special Education recently revised the applications and related materials necessary for Department approval of private preschool and school-age special education programs. All agencies applying for State approval to operate a preschool or school-age program must use these revised applications.
Policy Memorandum - Effective July 31, 2013, section 4410 of New York State Education Law was been amended by Chapter 213 of the Laws of 2013 relating to committee on preschool special education (CPSE) membership and the parent member of the committee.
Forms and Notices - The New York State Education Department has updated the State required Prior Written Notice form to reflect recent changes to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education related to the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential and the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential.
Policy Memorandum - A memorandum providing information on a revised “private placement certification” process to be used by school districts to meet their reporting requirements whenever the district is seeking approval for State reimbursement of tuition costs for placement of a student with a disability in an approved in-State or out-of-State day or residential school program is now available.