Educational Design and Technology

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 Two linked computerscapacity 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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Part 100 Regulations

  • Section 100.5 (d)(10) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Relating to Credit for Online and Blended Coursework PDF PDF/Word Word (June, 2011)
  • Section 100.5(d)(9) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to Credit for Independent Study  PDF PDF/Word Word (July 2010)
  • Section 100.5(d)(8) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, relating to Making Up Course Credit  PDF PDF/Word Word (April 2010)
  • Section 100.5 (d)(1) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Relating to Credit by Examination


Online Learning Q&A

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.


Virtual Advanced Placement® (VAP) Program

Program Purpose

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 Portable document format icon (841KB)

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.


New! Recently-released Study -
Wired to Learn: K-12 Students in the Digital Classroom
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A white paper from the Center for Promise at America’s Promise Alliance on the benefits of digital technology when properly introduced into K-12 classrooms.

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 external link icon, examines important legal, policy and practice considerations regarding the accessibility of digital instructional materials.


New York State Online and Blended Learning Summit II, Albany (9/14/11)

Sponsored by New York State Education Department, the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), with support from Intel.

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)

    http://www.nyiteez.org/AlbanySummit/ external link icon

Additional Resource - New York: Online Learning Needs Assessment portable document format icon (1.62MB) and Executive Summary portable document format icon (160KB)
- July, 2011, NYSED/INACOL



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Last Updated: April 16, 2015