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NYSED Policy Statements and Guidance Documents

Published: April 26, 2016

NYS Laws and Regulations Related to Special Education and Students with Disabilities: Part 200 and 201

NYS Preschool Special Education Publications: Field Advisory Memos and Guidance Documents:

Guide for Determining Eligibility and Special Education Programs and/or Services for Preschool Students with Disabilities January 2003:

School Districts’ Responsibilities to Provide Students with Disabilities with Specially-Designed Instruction and Related Services in the Least Restrictive Environment December 2015

Blueprint for Improved Results for Students with Disabilities November 2015

Individual Evaluations and Eligibility Determinations
Evaluations of Three-and Four-Year-Old Children Suspected of Having Disabilities Pursuant to Section 4410 of the Education Law (August 2003)

Guide for Determining Eligibility and Special Education Programs and/or Services for Preschool Students with Disabilities (January, 2003)

IEP Development
Guide to Quality Individualized Education Program (IEP) Development and Implementation(February 2010)

New York State Model Forms: Student Information Summary Form and Individualized Education Program (IEP) (January 2010)

IEP Implementation
Chapter 408 of the Laws of 2002 in relation to providing teachers and other providers with a copy of a student’s individualized education program (September 2002)

Appropriate Instruction from Qualified Staff
Certification and Licensing of Bilingual Special Education Professional (June 1997)

Access to, Participation and Progress in the General Education Curriculum
Least Restrictive Environment Policy Paper (May 1998)

Service Delivery
Provision of Special Education Services to a Five-Six Year Old Child with a Disability Not Subject to Compulsory Attendance Requirements and Not on a Regular School Attendance Register (March 2008)

Child-Specific Allowance to Temporarily Exceed an Approved Special Class Size for Preschool Students with Disabilities (Revised August 2007)

Special Education Itinerant Teacher (SEIT) Services and Related Services for Preschool Students with Disabilities (July 2007)

Clarification of the Use of Teachers of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped Working with 4410 Programs (June 2004)

Universal Prekindergarten Program: An Ideal Setting for the Integration of Preschool Students with Disabilities (December 2001)

Clarification of the Use of Teachers of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped (November 1995)

Use of Teachers of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped as Independent Contractors (July 1995)

Behavioral Supports
Requirements Relating to the Use of Behavioral Interventions and Supports (DeLorenzo/Stevens) September 2009

Important Information Regarding amendments to the Regulations Relating to Behavioral Interventions Including Aversive Interventions (February 2007)

Discipline Procedures for Students with Disabilities (January 2001)

Guidance on Functional Behavioral Assessments for Students with Disabilities (July 1998)

Part 201—Procedural Safeguards for Students with Disabilities Subject to Discipline (December 2010)

Parent Involvement
Revised New York State Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21 (August 2007)

A Parent’s Guide to Special Education (April 2002)

Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes and Indicators for Kindergarten Participation (August 2003)

Program Self-Assessment and Quality Improvement Guide (August 2003)

State Performance Plan – Important Change in Child Outcomes Summary Form and Data to be Collected for Indicator #7 Related to Early Childhood Outcomes and Exit Assessments, Effective 2006-07 School Year (July 2006)

The Transition of Children from The New York State Department of Health Early Intervention Program to The State Education Department Preschool Special Education Program or Other Early Childhood Services (February 2005)

Calculating Dates to Plan Transition from Early Intervention to Preschool Special Education (February 2005)

Special Transportation for Students with Disabilities (March 2005)

Regulations of the Commissioner (Part 200)

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B Final Supplemental Regulations Issued December 1, 2008 and Effective December 31, 2008 – Non-Regulatory Guidance (May 2009)

Technical Assistance Centers
Early Childhood Directions Centers – July 2010
Response to Intervention

Roadmap to Pre-K RtI

Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood

Recognition and Response: RtI for Pre-K

Part 200 Index tabs
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