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RSE-TASC Reporter Articles


Fluency: The Forgotten Component of Literacy Instruction

By Denise Jaffe, Special Education School Improvement Specialist
May 2018
Why should educators focus on fluency? Experts in the field have determined that reading fluency is the best overall measure of reading growth in first to sixth grades (Feldman, 2017). Fluency is the bridge between comprehension and decoding. If students are fluent readers, reading will ...

Guidance for Language Proficiency Teams

By John Boniello, Bilingual Special Education Specialist
April 2018
In December 2014, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) issued changes to Part 154 of the Chancellor’s Regulations concerning English Language Learners. One of the revisions requires schools to create a Language Proficiency Team, or LPT, for the purpose of determining the Eng...

New Diploma Option for Students with Disabilities

By Kit Casey, Transition Specialist
March 2018
The New York State Board of Regents approved an emergency measure which provides eligible students with disabilities an additional opportunity to earn local diplomas.  The option, referred to as the Superintendent Determination Amendment, went into effect Jan. 1, 2018.  Students who have...

Teacher-Student Relationships and Academic Achievement: What’s the Connection?

By Ann Narcisse, Regional Special Education Training Specialist, and Dale Langley, Behavior Specialist
February 2018
Growing up in a Spanish-speaking household one of the authors, Ann, was subjected to an ample variety of “dichos”, or sayings, with nuanced meanings. She was repeatedly warned against laziness and lying. Her mother was very concerned about who she spent time with and would frequently ...
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