One Percent Cap Applications

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The application by which local educational agencies may request an exception from the New York State Education Department 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 available at


The deadline for submission of the application is April 1, 2014.

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Autism Training Opportunity for Schools

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The Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD Albany) is accepting School Consultation Project applications for the 2014-15 school year.


The School Consultation Project is a series of trainings developed by educational consultants to provide instruction and resources in evidence-
based practices designed to meet the needs of students with autism spectrum disorders.


The program assists schools in developing building-wide autism resource teams and offers instruction on how to work as a team to support students with these unique challenges.


A student-centered format is used to design meaningful strategies and interventions to build the capacity of the teams that will be supporting all
students with autism spectrum disorders.


CARD Albany is a university-affiliated resource center that brings research and practice together in community settings. CARD Albany provides evidence-based training and support to families and professionals and, through ongoing research, contributes knowledge to the field of autism spectrum disorders.


For more information about this program, as well as participation criteria, please visit the following link: . Brochure:


For questions about the program, please contact Erica Davis, Training Program Coordinator, or 518-442-5414.

Public Comment – Proposed Amendment to Sections 200.16 and 200.20

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The New York State Education Department proposes to amend sections 200.16 and 200.20 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to special education services and programs for preschool children with disabilities. The proposed amendment is necessary to implement sections 1 and 2 of Chapter 545 of the Laws of 2013 relating to the placement of children in preschool special education programs and requirements for executive directors of preschool special education programs.


  • The proposed amendment to section 200.16(c) would require the committee on preschool special education to submit a written notice to the Commissioner when it places a preschool student with a disability in a program operated by the same provider who evaluated the student.


  • The proposed amendment to section 200.20(b) would require that the executive director of a preschool special education program or the person(s) performing the duties of a chief executive officer, hired on or after April 17, 2014, must meet the criteria established by the Commissioner to be an executive director, and if paid as a full-time executive director, then must be employed in a full-time, full-year position and not engage in activity that would interfere or impair the executive director’s ability to carry out and perform his or her duties, responsibilities and obligations.


The proposed amendment was approved for emergency adoption at the March 10, 2014 Board of Regents meeting.  The emergency rule will take effect on April 17, 2014, which is the effective date of Chapter 545 of the Laws of 2013.  A Notice of Proposed Rule Making will be published in the State Register on March 26, 2014.  Public comment on the proposed amendment will be accepted for 45 days from the date of the publication.  It is anticipated that the proposed amendment will be submitted for adoption as a permanent rule at the June 2014 meeting with a proposed effective date of July 9, 2014.


A copy of the revised proposed amendment and the Board of Regents item, which includes a summary of revisions made to the proposed rule, are available at  Additional information regarding the proposed amendment will be available on the P-12: Office of Special Education website at


Should you choose to submit written comments on the proposed amendment, they must be submitted on or before May 12, 2014 on the attached form to: James P. DeLorenzo, Assistant Commissioner, New York State Education Department, P-12: Office of Special Education, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB, Albany, NY  12234, Attention: Proposed Amendment – Sections 200.16 and 200.20.  Comments may also be faxed to 518-473-5387 or emailed to

CDOS Commencement Credential

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The New York State Education Department, P-12: Office of Special Education and the Career and Technical Education Office is pleased to announce regional conferences on the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential. Parents, students, school personnel, community service providers, and employers are invited to attend. The attached brochure includes additional details, including contact information specific to the conference in your region of the State and is also available at


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Commissioner’s Advisory Panel

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Applications for those interested in serving on Commissioner’s Advisory Panel (CAP) for Special Education Services  are accepted on an ongoing basis and are kept on file for any available openings.  As of July 1, 2014 there may be vacancies on CAP for the following constituencies:  Individual with a Disability, Parents of Children with Disabilities, State/Local Education Official, Administrators of Programs for Children with Disabilities, State Agencies that are Involved in the Delivery of Related Services and Adult Corrections Agency.

Individuals interested in consideration for appointment should send a cover letter and resume to:
New York State Education Department
P-12:  Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue
Room 309 EB
Albany, NY 12234

For information on CAP membership and responsibilities, please refer to the following website

RFP #14-008 Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers and Regional Vocational Rehabilitation -Community Employment Specialists

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to establish 10 Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Centers (RSE-TASC) to act as Special Education Technical Assistance Centers. Each RSE-TASC will include one contract for a RSE-TASC Coordinator and regional technical assistance specialists (Part 1) and additional contracts for special education school improvement specialists located throughout the RSE-TASC region (Part II). Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation is seeking proposals for Regional Vocational Rehabilitation-Community Employment Specialists to provide consultative and technical assistance services to school districts and local education agencies who work with transition age youth. The RFP and supporting documents can be found at .

Responses are due April 24, 2014 and must be received at NYSED in Albany before 3:00 p.m. that day.


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Professional Development Available

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The New York State Education Department is  distributing the following on behalf of the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities and the Technical Assistance Center on Disproportionality.  Questions related to either of these should be directed as indicated in the brochures. Thank you.

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Revised Due Process Complaint Notice

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The Sample Due Process Complaint Notice provides parents and school districts with a model form to assist in filing for a due process proceeding relating to the identification, evaluation, or educational placement of a student with a disability or a student suspected of having a disability or the provision of a free appropriate public education to such student. It 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. The form is available at Additional languages will be available once translations are completed.


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