Online and Blended Learning in New York State
NYSED has launched a statewide virtual learning initiative to support the growth of effective online and blended instruction. Through regulations and supporting policy guidance, research and surveys, webinars, and other opportunities in the Regents Reform Agenda, NYSED will support the growth of a statewide virtual learning network. This network including BOCES, district, and charter school programs, will harness the capacity and needs of all school districts and BOCES, and connect with higher education and cultural education to create expanded learning opportunities.
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- Section 100.5 (d)(10) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Relating to Credit for Online and Blended Coursework PDF /Word (June, 2011)
- Section 100.5(d)(9) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to Credit for Independent Study PDF /Word (July 2010)
- Section 100.5(d)(8) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, relating to Making Up Course Credit PDF /Word (April 2010)
- Section 100.5 (d)(1) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Relating to Credit by Examination
Purpose of the Guidance
The purpose of this guidance is to answer questions that educators, administrators, and community stakeholders may have about Part 100 Regulations of the Commissioner of Education regarding options for earning units of credit through online and blended learning. We look forward to receiving further questions and will continue to update this Q & A.
The VAP Program, funded through federal Race to the Top dollars, awarded grant funds to increase the successful participation of low-income students in virtual learning (online and blended instruction) Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses and tests. By supporting increased access to AP® courses and tests, the VAP program provides greater opportunities for low-income students to demonstrate college- and career-readiness and mastery of the New York State Learning Standards. The program goals are to:
- enable larger and more diverse groups of students to participate and succeed in virtual learning AP® programs and receive AP® credits,
- provide enhanced professional development to teachers offering the courses,
- increase the number of virtual learning AP® courses available to students statewide and,
- help build increased capacity at the district level to participate in available and expanding virtual learning opportunities.
For additional Information about the VAP Program, see the RFP postings:
USED Contract Amendment Approval Letter.
VAP: Virtual Learning Program (VLP) Rubric
Download the VLP Rubric (217KB)
This document, developed by three northeastern states including, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and the Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC) was created to:
- Provide administrators within Local Education Agencies (LEAs) a powerful tool for evaluating virtual programs to ensure high quality and rigor in virtual programs within a school's curriculum. Using the Guiding Definitions, VLP Standards, VLP Review Guide and VLP Rubric principles, administrators can support high quality virtual instruction and make well-informed decisions that will help increase accountability and ensure consistency in virtual program evaluation.
- Offer criteria-based evaluation tools to evaluate State Education Agencies (SEAs) current virtual programs, as well as virtual programs developed by vendors that they may be considering including as part of their curriculum.
Brief on Accessibility of Instructional Materials in a Digital Age
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) recently released a policy brief for state and district education leaders focused on considerations and strategies regarding the accessibility of digital content for all students. The brief, The Accessibility of Learning Content for All Students, Including Students with Disabilities, Must Be Addressed in the Shift to Digital Instructional Materials, examines important legal, policy and practice considerations regarding the accessibility of digital instructional materials.
Sponsored by New York State Education Department, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), with support from Intel.
- New York State Online and Blended Learning Summit II, Albany (9/14/11)
Includes open and closing sessions by NYSED, presentation by iNACOL on the state of online education in the United States, and panels on "Creating Educator Capacity for Online and Blended Learning" for:
- Pre-service and In-service Teacher Education
- In-service Teacher Professional Development
- Course/Instructor Evaluation in an Online Environment
The webpage for the Summit II (contains videos and all files of the sessions)
- New York State Online and Blended Learning Summit I, Albany (12/8/10)
Archive: contains all videos and presentation materials:
Regional OnlineLearning Webinar Series
The Regional Online Learning Webinar Series, co-sponsored by the New England and New York Comprehensive Centers, was designed to assist education leaders in:
- Understanding the landscape of P-12 online learning in the Northeast;
- Utilizing key, current national research on P-12 online learning policy and practice;
- Identifying and capitalizing on opportunities for cross-state and in-state collaboration; and
- Developing leveraged actions to support statewide P-12 online learning policy and programs for all students.
Those who participated in the webinar series came together nine times across the past two years, learning about emergent strategies to address the need for a measured approach to state-level online learning policies and programs. Topics included:
- Teacher Preparation for Virtual Education
- Diverse Learners in Virtual Education — Reaching a New Generation
- Strategies for Implementing Student IEPs in the K-12 Virtual Education Environment
- Evaluating and Supporting Online Instruction
- Early Learners & Online Learning
- Instructional Strategies for Online Learning
- What resources and elements constitute a quality online or blended course?
- Online Course Evaluation
- Parent Engagement in Online Courses
Download a digest with summaries and links to the archives of those webinars here:
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