Special Education

News, Announcements and Timely Information

Posted 5/23/2016-Seeking Applications: Special Classes in Intergrated Settings (SCIS) Program Expansion Opportunity in New York City

Posted 3/28/2016- Seeking Public Comment:   Proposed Amendment to Regulations Relating to Recommendations for One-To-One Aides for Preschool and School-Age Students with Disabilities

Posted 3/25/16-Special Education Field Advisory Memo:  Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities for the Spring 2016 Grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests

Posted 3/2/16– Seeking Public Comment: Annual State Application Under Part B of IDEA As Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2016-Revised Posting

Posted 2/17/16-Special Education Field Advisory Memo:  Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners

Posted 2/1/16: Seeking Applications: State Approved 4410 Preschool Providers Program Expansion Opportunity in NYC

Posted 1/26/2016: Special Education Field Advisory Memo:  Application Procedures for July/August Extended School Year Special Education Programs

Posted 1/15/2016: Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Placements of Students with Disabilities in Approved Out-of-State Residential Schools

Posted 1/15/2016: Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Amendment to Regulations regarding Graduation Requirements to Extend the Appeal Process to include Appeal of Scores for the Safety Net Local Diploma for Students with Disabilities

Posted 1/14/16: Seeking Applications: Pre-Admission Certification Committee (PACC) Long Island Region

Posted 1/4/16: Special Education Field Advisory Memo: 2015-16 Application for Exception to the One Percent Cap on Proficient or Above Scores Based on Alternate Achievement Standards: 2015-16

Posted 12/22/15: Special Education Field Advisory Memo: School Districts' Responsibilities to Provide Students with Disabilities with Specially-Designed Instruction and Related Services in the Least Restrictive Environment

Posted 12/22/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Annual Registration of All New Students Classified as Legally Blind for Procurement of Adapted Educational Materials Produced by the American Printing House for the Blind

Posted 11/24/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo:  Amendment of the Commissioner's Regulations to Allow an Exemption of a Student with a Disability from Instruction in Hands-only Cardiopulmoneary Resuscitation and the Use of Automated External Defibrillators

Posted 11/19/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo:  Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities

Posted 11/18/2015 – Seeking Applications: State Approved 4410 Approved Preschool Providers in NYC Interested in Program Expansion

Posted 11/16/15 – Seeking Public Comment: Proposed Amendment of Sections 200.4, 200.9, 200.16 and 200.20 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to preschool special education programs and services

Posted 11/6/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo:  Revised Test Administration Start Date for the 2015-16 New York State Alternate Assessment in Science and Social Studies

Posted 10/29/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo:  Guidance for the Transition to Unified English Braille

Posted 10/29/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo:  Intial Evaluations of Children Transitioning from Early Intervention Programs to Preschool Special Education Services

Posted 10/19/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo:  Individualized Education Program (IEP) Facilitation Pilot Program

Posted 10/13/2015 – Seeking Applications: State Approved 4410 Preschool Providers in NYC Interested in Program Expansion

Posted 10/8/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Special Education Itinerant Services for Preschool Children with Disabilities

Posted 10/7/15 – Seeking Applications: Pre-Admission Certification Committee (PACC)

Posted 10/6/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Changes to the New York State Alternate Assessment Beginning with the 2015-2016 School Year

Posted 9/21/15 Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Guidelines for the Use of Speech-Language Telepractice in the Delivery of Related Services to Students with Disabilities

Posted 9/9/15 Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: 2015-2016 Regional Forums Hosted by the New York State Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Technical Assistance Center and the Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers Behavior Specialists

Posted 8/24/15 –Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Qualifications of Psychologists Employed by Preschool Special Education Multidisciplinary Evaluation Programs Approved Pursuant to Section 4410 of the Education Law

Posted 8/19/15 –Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential-Informational Brochures for Parents and Business

Posted 7/9/15 –Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Suspension and Expulsion of Preschool Children

Posted 6/4/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Federal Guidance on Students with Disabilities with High Cognition

Posted 4/23/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Selection and Appointment of Special Education Impartial Hearing Officers

Posted 4/16/15 – Call for Proposals - Expansion Opportunity for Approved 4410 Preschool Provider(s) to Serve Preschool Children in NYC

Posted 4/10/15 – Call for Proposals for Approved 4410 Preschool Provider(s) to Serve Preschool Children in St. Lawrence County

Posted 3/31/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Placements of Students with Disabilities in Approved Out-of-State Residential Schools

Posted 2/24/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Application Procedures for Summer 2015 Extended School Year (July/August) Special Education Programs

Posted 2/15/15 – Request for Public Review: Annual State Application Under Part B of IDEA as Amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2015

Posted 2/5/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo: 2014 Legislative Changes Affecting Special Education

Posted 2/3/15 – Special Education Field Advisory Memo: Federal Guidance on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities

Posted 1/27/15 Special Education Field Advisory Memo:
Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality 2015 Summer Institute

Posted 1/22/15 – CALL FOR PROPOSALS – EXPANSION OPPORTUNITY FOR NYC APPROVED 4410 PRESCHOOL PROVIDER

Posted 1/9/15 Special Education Field Advisory Memo:
Annual Registration of All New Students Classified as Legally Blind for Procurement of Adapted Educational Materials Produced by the American Printing House for the Blind

Posted 12/1/2014Special Education Field Advisory Memo:
Use of Standardized Scores in Individual Evaluations of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse English Language Learners Ages 3 through 21

Posted 11/10/14 Sixth and Seventh Webinar Series: Response to Intervention Hosted by the New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center

Posted 10/29/14CALL FOR PROPOSALS – EXPANSION OPPORTUNITY FOR NYC APPROVED 4410 PRESCHOOL PROVIDER

Posted 10/7/14 - A memo regarding qualifications of psychologists employed by preschool special education multidisciplinary evaluation programs approved pursuant to Section 4410 of the Education Law is now posted.

Posted 9/26/14 - Fifth Webinar Series: Response to Intervention Hosted by the New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center

Posted 8/26/14 - Policy Field Advisory - A memorandum to ensure that all multidisciplinary evaluation programs approved pursuant to section 4410 of the Education Law understand that Education Law does not permit use of school psychologists without appropriate professional licensure under Title VIII of the Education Law is now available.

Model Certificate - A model certificate for award of the New York State (NYS) Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential is now available. Each school district is responsible for developing a certificate at the local level that is similar in form to the district diploma. The certificate must not use the term “diploma” and it must indicate that the NYS CDOS Commencement Credential is endorsed by the NYS Board of Regents as a certificate of readiness for entry level employment.

Professional Development -The P-12: Office of Special Education is pleased to announce regional professional development PDF document workshops to be offered by the Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality for the 2014-15 school year to assist school districts in understanding the root cause of, and how to systemically address, the disproportionate assignment of various subgroups in special education.

Posted 7/24/14 - Policy Field Advisory - A memorandum regarding the permanent adoption the amendment of section 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to eliminate the requirement for parental consent prior to the initial provision of special education services and programs during the months of July and August is now available.

Policy Field Advisory - Sections 200.7, 200.15 and 200.22 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education have been amended to conform to Chapter 501 of the Laws of 2012 and the regulations, guidelines and procedures established by the Justice Center.  The regulations, which first became effective June 30, 2013, were subsequently revised and were adopted on a permanent basis effective on May 14, 2014. 

Field Advisory - The P-12: Office of Special Education has developed resources to assist parents of children with disabilities to have a better understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards and how the child's individualized education program (IEP) should include recommendations to support their child's progress towards those standards. Translations of these resources are now available in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Chinese, and Haitian Creole.

Field Advisory - A memorandum on the Common Core Learning Standards and students with disabilities is now available. This memorandum provides guidance and information on the roles and responsibilities of the Committee on Special Education to align the development and implementation of each student's individualized education programs to the State's learning standards; the importance of purposeful planning to address students' needs; and information for parents of students with disabilities. 

District Data - The 2012-13 Special Education School District Data Profile for each New York State public school district is now available. 

Policy Field Advisory - A new joint memorandum from the Office of Special Education and STAC/Medicaid Unit with additional information regarding State reimbursement for students with disabilities in approved private schools is now available.

Amendment to Education Law - Section 4402 of New York State Education Law has been amended by Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2014 to repeal the requirement that the district obtain parental consent prior to the initial provision of special education services to a student with a disability in a 12-month special service and/or program. 

Forms and Notices - The New York State Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21 has been revised to reflect the recent amendment to section 4402 of New York State Education Law by Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2014, relating to parental consent for initial provision of extended school year services.

Policy Memorandum - A memorandum providing additional guidance and protocols related to the health and safety of students with disabilities with elopement behaviors is now available.

Applications - A memorandum providing updated procedures, forms and policy relating to a school district's responsibility to submit timely and complete applications, as prescribed in section 200.6(j) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, for approval of State reimbursement of tuition costs for placements of students with disabilities in out-of-State approved residential programs is now available. 

Professional Development - The New York State Education Department, P-12: Office of Special Education and the Career and Technical Education Office are pleased to announce regional conferences on the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential.

Forms and Notices - The 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. 

Last Updated: May 23, 2016