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Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities in New York State

From the New York State Education Department: “This page provides information on both high school diploma and nondiploma exiting credential options available to New York State students with disabilities. Information is provided on the course work, credit and assessment requirements students must successfully complete to earn a Regents or local high school diploma, including the various safety net options available to assist students with disabilities to earn a local diploma. Requirements, model forms, guidance, and questions and answers for the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential and the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential are also provided. Check this site often for additional resources and updated questions and answers on both of these high school exiting credentials.”

Learn more via Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Special Education : P-12 : NYSED.

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Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities

Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities

From the New York State Education Department Website: “This page provides information on both high school diploma and nondiploma exiting credential options available to New York State students with disabilities. Information is provided on the course work, credit and assessment requirements students must successfully complete to earn a Regents or local high school diploma, including the various safety net options available to assist students with disabilities to earn a local diploma. Requirements, model forms, guidance, and questions and answers for the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential and the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential are also provided. Check this site often for additional resources and updated questions and answers on both of these high school exiting credentials.”

Read more: Information Related to Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities: Special Education : P-12 : NYSED.

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Education Week: Diplomas Elusive for Many Students With Learning Disabilities

From Education Week: “A state-by-state analysis of the most recent data on graduation rates for students with learning disabilities shows that while more of those students have been leaving high school with a standard diploma, many states are struggling to reach the national graduation rate average of 68 percent for students in that disability category.

Students with learning disabilities—dyslexia, dyscalculia, or auditory or visual processing disorders, for example—make up about 41 percent of the students who are covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The New York-based National Center for Learning Disabilities combed through the data collected by the federal government on students with disabilities to produce a report called ‘Diplomas at Risk,’ which argues that despite improvement over the years, far too many students with learning disabilities, or SLDs, are dropping out of school or being shunted to an alternative certification path that leads to something other than a standard diploma.”

Read more… On Special Education – Education Week.

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Earn a Graduate Transition Special Education Certificate through Distance Education for Transition Leaders and Trainers

The George Washington University is accepting applications for the Graduate Transition Special Education Certificate Program by distance education at The George Washington University. The courses are graduate level and therefore may be transferred to our new on-line Masters program.  The program responds to the on-going needs expressed by educators and rehabilitation personnel, research concerning youth with disabilities, and legislative requirements to provide transition services for all youth with disabilities.  The IDEA Amendments of 2004 (P.L. 108-446) mandate transition services which include on-going assessment, curriculum planning, and collaboration with a variety of stakeholders to include community agency personnel, school administration and faculty, and parents. Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act, Public Law 105-220, encourage State rehabilitation agencies to coordinate with public schools and provide transition services for youth as early as possible and as part of their Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE).  In addition, this program meets the Transition Guideposts of the U.S. Department of Labor National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth (NCWD-Youth,) and the CEC Advanced Knowledge and Skills Base for Transition Specialists (2008) which are recognized by most states.

All applications must be submitted online: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=GWUGRAD

On the application, PLEASE BE SURE that you mark Transition Special Education Certificate, and NOT teacher certification (which is the Masters program).

For further information, contact:

Dr. Michael Ward, Program Coordinator – mjward@gwu.edu

Bridget Green, Research Assistant, greenb@gwu.edu or (202) 994-1235

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Update on NYS Alternate Credential: Letter to Regents

In a letter to the New York State Board of Regents ,P-12 Education Committee from Deputy Commissioner Ken Slentz, comments and recommendations were summarized “…to award a credential to a student with a disability upon graduation that would recognize the student’s preparation for entry level employment.”

To read the letter click here.