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Office of Special Education (OSE) Updates

  • Use of RtI When Determining if a K-4 Student Has a Learning Disability in Reading (July 2012)
    This memo reminds districts of the required implementation of an RtI framework to determine if a student in grades K-4 has a learning disability in the area of reading.
  • Special Education School District Data Profile (June 1, 2012)
    The NYS P-12 Office of Special Education has posted each district's profile for the 2010-11 school year as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This report provides district data relating to compliance and performance results for students with disabilities.
  • NYS Laws and Regulations that Differ from Federal Requirements (May 2012)
    This summary provides a list of NYS laws and regulations that differ from federal requirements and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Amendments to Regulations: Preschool and School-Age Individual Evaluations (April 11, 2012)
    Summary of adopted regulation amendments pertaining to mandate relief.
  • Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential for Students with Severe Disabilities (April 2012)
    Sections 100.5, 100.6, 100.9 and 200.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education have been amended to replace, beginning with the 2013-14 school year and thereafter, the NYS IEP diploma with a Sills and Achievement Commencement Credential for students with severe disabilities who are eligible to take the New York State Alternate Assessment.
  • Part 200 (April 2012)
    The Part 200 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education have been updated to include all amendments through April 2012.
  • Revised NYS Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents (January 2012)
    Updated January 2012, references to VESID were replaced with Office of Special Education and website links were updated.
  • Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities (November 2011)
    This memo provides guidance and resources regarding transition planning and services for students with disabilities. School districts must take steps to ensure Committees on Special Education (CSEs) have the knowledge and skills to ensure appropriate transition planning.
  • NYS-Required Forms (September 2011)
    IEP, Meeting Notices, and Prior Written Notice forms required 2011-12 school year.
  • OSEP Determination Letter (June 2011)
    US Dept. of Education's Determination for NYS Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Local Diploma Safety Net (May 2011)
    Options for Students with Disabilities who enter grade 9 in September 2011 and thereafter.
  • Intellectual Disability vs. Mental Retardation (March 2011)
    Effective March 30, 2011, Committees on Special Education (CSE) should use the term "Intellectual Disability" in place of "Mental Retardation."
  • Technical Assistance Centers - NYSED, VESID is pleased to announce the launching of a new website hosted by the New York State Response to Intervention Technical Assistance Center (NYS RtI-TAC). The website is in the beginning stages of being populated with information on RtI and should be considered a work-in-progress. Resources, announcements, and other useful materials on RtI will be placed on the website for use by schools, professionals, parents, advocates and others who are interested in RtI. The NYS RtI-TAC is funded through a 5-year contract by VESID.

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Syracuse, NY 13221
Phone: (315) 433-2600

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