New Diploma Option for Students with Disabilities

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 current Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and who earn the Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential may be eligible.

Return of the Neighborhood Navigator! Government-Funded Services

NYS Diploma Options – March 2018

Reporter Revisited: Middle-Skilled Jobs, An Underutilized Postsecondary Pathway

Successfully Navigating the Transition Process – November 2017

This month’s Bright Spot comes from Karen Gatto, Director of Pupil Personnel in Croton-Harmon.  In the past few years the district has helped students successfully exit from the 12:1:2 high school Special Class.

Taking Care of Business: Students are Large and in Charge

School-based enterprises are popping up throughout the lower Hudson Valley. The enterprises are actually student-driven businesses that provide young people with hands-on work experiences exposing them to a wide range of employment skills. Although school-based enterprises have been around for years, they have gained momentum recently due, in large part, to the creation of the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. The purpose of the credential is to provide high school students with career exploration activities as well as with actual work experiences, helping them to be better prepared for the job market. Last year the New York State Regents approved the credential as a Multiple Pathway option. Eligible students may now substitute the credential for one of the Regents social studies exams.

Milkshake Madness and More – Yonkers Students Develop Their Own Business

Creating Work-Based Learning Opportunities – November 2016

This Bright Spot comes from students in the Yonkers Public School District where last year Kit Casey, RSE-TASC Transition Specialist, worked with Kim Longville, Global Studies teacher, and Don Solimene, Principal, as well as students to create work-based learning opportunities.

New Graduation Pathway for Students with Disabilities

At the June 2016 meeting, the Board of Regents adopted an amendment that created a new graduation pathway for students with a current Individualized Education Plan (IEP). This emergency amendment states that, if these students are unable to meet the graduation requirements by demonstrating proficiency on standard State assessments, they may demonstrate proficiency through a superintendent’s determination for a local diploma. It requires superintendents (or the principal/head of school of a registered nonpublic school or charter school, as applicable) to review, document, and provide a written certification or assurance that there is evidence that the student has otherwise met the standards for graduation with a local high school diploma.

Important Links on Graduation Options – December 2016

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