Special Education

News, Announcements and Timely Information

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

NEW - 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.

NEW - 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.

NEW - 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.

NEW - 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.

NEW - 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. 

NEW - 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.

NEW - 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: September 26, 2014