Superintendent Determination for Certain Students with Disabilities to Graduate with a Local Di...

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12/27/17 N.Y. St. Reg. EDU-52-17-00012-EP
NEW YORK STATE REGISTER
VOLUME XXXIX, ISSUE 52
December 27, 2017
RULE MAKING ACTIVITIES
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
EMERGENCY/PROPOSED RULE MAKING
NO HEARING(S) SCHEDULED
 
I.D No. EDU-52-17-00012-EP
Filing No. 1074
Filing Date. Dec. 12, 2017
Effective Date. Dec. 12, 2017
Superintendent Determination for Certain Students with Disabilities to Graduate with a Local Diploma
PURSUANT TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE State Administrative Procedure Act, NOTICE is hereby given of the following action:
Proposed Action:
Amendment of section 100.5(d)(12) of Title 8 NYCRR.
Statutory authority:
Education Law, sections 101(not subdivided), 207(not subdivided), 208(not subdivided), 209(not subdivided), 305(1), (2), 308(not subdivided), 309(not subdivided), 3204(3) and (4)
Finding of necessity for emergency rule:
Preservation of general welfare.
Specific reasons underlying the finding of necessity:
The proposed amendment is necessary to implement Regents policy to permit students with disabilities to meet the Regents ELA and/or mathematics examinations eligibility conditions for the superintendent determination option by completing the requirements for the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. In addition, the proposed rule would allow, for students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to exit from high school in either the 2017-2018 school year or 2018-2019 school year only, a school district or nonpublic school to award the CDOS Commencement Credential to a student with a disability who has not met all of the requirements, for purposes of eligibility for the superintendent determination option, provided that the school principal, in consultation with relevant faculty, has determined that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills in the commencement level CDOS learning standards. Students who are awarded the CDOS commencement credential under this exception may not use such credential to meet the requirements for the career development and occupational studies graduation pathway option.
Since the Board of Regents meets at fixed intervals, the earliest the proposed rule can be presented for regular (non-emergency) adoption, after expiration of the required 45-day public comment period provided for in the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA) sections 201(1) and (5), would be the March 12-13, 2018 Regents meeting. Furthermore, pursuant to SAPA section 203(1), the earliest effective date of the proposed rule, if adopted at the March meeting, would be March 28, 2017, the date a Notice of Adoption would be published in the State Register. However, the proposed rule would allow students with disabilities to meet the Regents ELA and/or mathematics examinations eligibility conditions for the superintendent determination option by completing the requirements for the CDOS Commencement Credential beginning with students who are otherwise eligible to graduate in January 2018.
Therefore, emergency action is necessary at the December 2017 Regents meeting for the preservation of the general welfare in order to ensure that certain students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to graduate from high school in January 2018 and thereafter are aware that they may be considered an eligible student for the superintendent determination option if they meet the requirements of the proposed rule. It is also necessary to ensure that superintendents are on notice that they must make a determination as to whether certain students with disabilities are eligible for a local diploma, if the student meets the requirements of the proposed rule.
It is anticipated that the proposed rule will be presented for adoption as a permanent rule at the March 12-13, 2018 Regents meeting, which is the first scheduled meeting after expiration of the 45-day public comment period prescribed in the SAPA for State agency rule makings.
Subject:
Superintendent determination for certain students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma.
Purpose:
To expand the safety net options for students with disabilities to graduate with local diplomas when certain conditions are met.
Text of emergency/proposed rule:
1. Paragraph (12) of subdivision (d) of section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education is amended, effective December 12, 2017, as follows:
(12) Superintendent determination pathway for certain students with disabilities for eligibility for a local diploma.
(i) For purposes of this paragraph only, superintendent shall mean the superintendent of a school district or the principal, head of school, or their equivalent, of a charter school or nonpublic school, as applicable.
(ii) School districts, registered nonpublic high schools and charter schools shall ensure that every student who is identified as a student with a disability as defined in Education Law section 4401(1) and section 200.1(zz) of this Title and who does not meet the assessment requirements for graduation through the existing appeal options, including the compensatory score option or the 55-64 low pass safety net option available under this section but who is otherwise eligible to graduate in June 2016 and thereafter shall be considered for a local diploma through the superintendent determination pathway in accordance with the requirements of this paragraph, provided that the student:
(a) has a current individualized education program and is receiving special education programs and/or related services pursuant to Education Law section 4402 and section 200.4 of this Title;
(b) took the English Regents examination required for graduation pursuant to this section and achieved a minimum score of 55 or successfully appealed a score of between 52 and 54 on such examination pursuant to paragraph (7) of this subdivision, except as otherwise provided in subparagraph (v) of this paragraph; and
(c) took a mathematics Regents examination required for graduation pursuant to this section and achieved a minimum score of 55 or successfully appealed a score of between 52 and 54 on such examination pursuant to paragraph (7) of this subdivision, except as otherwise provided in subparagraph (v) of this paragraph; and
(d) participated in the remaining Regents examinations required for graduation pursuant to clauses (a)(5)(i), (c), (d), (e) and (f) of this section, but was unable to achieve a minimum score of 55 on one or more of the remaining assessments required for graduation or did not initiate an appeal of a score of between 52 and 54 on one or more such examinations pursuant to paragraph (7) of this subdivision, or was unable to use the compensatory score option for one or more such examinations pursuant to clause (7)(vi)(c) of this subdivision; and
(e) has earned the required course credits pursuant to this section and passed, in accordance with district policy, all courses required for graduation.
(iii) For each eligible student under this paragraph, the superintendent shall conduct a review to determine whether the student has otherwise demonstrated proficiency in the knowledge, skills and abilities in the subject area(s) where the student was not able to demonstrate his/her proficiency of the State's learning standards as measured by the corresponding Regents examination(s) and document such determination in accordance with the following procedures:
(a) the superintendent shall consider evidence that the student attained a grade for the course that meets or exceeds the required passing grade by the school for the subject area(s) under review and such grade is recorded on the student's official transcript with grades achieved by the student in each quarter of the school year. Such evidence may include, but need not be limited to, the student's final course grade, student work completed throughout the school year and/or any interim grades on homework, class work, quizzes and tests; and
(b) the superintendent shall consider the evidence that demonstrates that the student actively participated in the Regents examination(s) for the subject area(s) under review; and
(c) the superintendent shall, as soon as practicable, in a form and manner prescribed by the commissioner, document the evidence reviewed for an eligible student with disability under this paragraph and make a determination as to whether the student met the requirements for issuance of a local diploma pursuant to this paragraph and certify that the information provided is accurate; and
(d) the superintendent shall, as soon as practicable, provide each student and parent or person in parental relation to the student with a copy of the completed form and written notification of the superintendent's determination, and place a copy of the completed form in the student's record.
(1) Where the superintendent determines that the student has not met the requirements for graduation pursuant to this paragraph, the written notice shall inform the student and parent or person in parental relation to the student that the student has the right to attend school until receipt of a local or Regents diploma or until the end of the school year in which the student turns age 21, whichever shall occur first.
(2) Where the superintendent determines that the student has met the requirements for graduation pursuant to this paragraph, the parent shall receive prior written notice pursuant to the requirements of section 200.5(a)(5)(ii) of this Title indicating that the student is not eligible to receive a free appropriate public education after graduation with the receipt of the local diploma pursuant to this paragraph; and
(e) the superintendent shall, no later than August 31 of each year, provide the commissioner with a copy of the completed form for each student; and
(f) the commissioner may conduct audits of compliance with the requirements of this paragraph.
(iv) On or after October 18, 2016, a superintendent shall only make a determination under this paragraph upon receipt of a written request from an eligible student's parent or guardian. Such request shall be submitted in writing to the student's school principal or chairperson of the district's committee on special education. A written request received by the school principal, chairperson of the district's committee on special education, or any other employee of the school as applicable, shall be forwarded to school superintendent immediately upon its receipt.
(v) On or after December 12, 2017, a student who was unable to achieve a minimum score of 55 or did not initiate an appeal of a score of between 52 and 54 on the English and/or mathematics Regents exams shall be considered an eligible student for the superintendent determination pathway pursuant to this paragraph, provided that the student has completed the requirements for the New York State career development and occupational studies commencement credential pursuant to section 100.6(b) of this Part.
(a) For students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to graduate in either the 2017-2018 school year or the 2018-2019 school year only, the district, registered nonpublic high school or charter school may award the career development and occupational studies commencement credential to a student who has not met all of the requirements in section 100.6(b)(3)(ii) of this Part, for purposes of eligibility for the superintendent determination pathway pursuant to this paragraph, provided that the school principal, in consultation with relevant faculty, has determined that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills relating to the commencement level career development and occupational studies learning standards. The principal must have evidence that the student has successfully completed relevant instructional and work-based learning activities during the student’s secondary school years that demonstrate the student has readiness skills for entry-level employment. Students who are awarded the career development and occupational studies commencement credential pursuant to this clause may not use such credential to meet the requirements set forth in section 100.5(d)(11) of this Part for the career development and occupational studies pathway to a local or Regents diploma.
(b) The superintendent shall, in accordance with the requirements of subparagraph (iii) of this paragraph, conduct a review to determine whether such student has otherwise demonstrated proficiency in the knowledge, skills and abilities in English language arts and/or mathematics, in addition to reviewing any other subject areas required for graduation where the student was not able to demonstrate his/her proficiency of the State’s learning standards as measured by the corresponding Regents examination pursuant to clause (ii)(d) of this paragraph.
This notice is intended:
to serve as both a notice of emergency adoption and a notice of proposed rule making. The emergency rule will expire March 11, 2018.
Text of rule and any required statements and analyses may be obtained from:
Kirti Goswami, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 148, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 474-8966, email: legal@nysed.gov
Data, views or arguments may be submitted to:
Christopher Suriano, New York State Education Department, 89 Washington Avenue, Room 309 EB, Albany, NY 12234, (518) 473-2878, email: spedpubliccomment@nysed.gov
Public comment will be received until:
45 days after publication of this notice.
This rule was not under consideration at the time this agency submitted its Regulatory Agenda for publication in the Register.
Regulatory Impact Statement
1. STATUTORY AUTHORITY:
Education Law section 101 continues the existence of the Education Department, with the Board of Regents at its head and the Commissioner of Education as the chief administrative officer, and charges the Department with the general management and supervision of public schools and the educational work of the State.
Education Law section 207 empowers the Regents and the Commissioner to adopt rules and regulations to carry out State laws regarding education and the functions and duties conferred on the State Education Department by law.
Education Law section 208 authorizes the Regents to establish examinations as to attainments in learning and to award and confer suitable certificates, diplomas and degrees on persons who satisfactorily meet the requirements prescribed.
Education Law section 209 authorizes the Regents to establish secondary school examinations in studies furnishing a suitable standard of graduation and of admission to colleges; to confer certificates or diplomas on students who satisfactorily pass such examinations; and requires the admission to these examinations of any person who shall conform to the rules and pay the fees prescribed by the Regents.
Education Law section 305(1) and (2) provide that the Commissioner, as chief executive officer of the State system of education and of the Board of Regents, shall have general supervision over all schools and institutions, and execute all educational policies determined by the Regents.
Education Law section 308 authorizes the Commissioner to enforce and give effect to any provision in the Education Law or in any other general or special law pertaining to the school system of the State or any rule or direction of the Regents.
Education Law section 309 charges the Commissioner with the general supervision of boards of education and their management and conduct of all departments of instruction.
Education Law 3204(3) and (4) sets forth the course of study and requires students with disabilities to receive a free appropriate public education.
2. LEGISLATIVE OBJECTIVES:
The proposed rule is consistent with the authority conferred by the above statutes and is necessary to implement policy enacted by the Regents relating to a superintendent review option for students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma.
3. NEEDS AND BENEFITS:
All students with disabilities must be held to high expectations and be provided meaningful opportunities to participate and progress in the general education curriculum to prepare them to graduate with a regular high school diploma. The majority of students with disabilities can meet the State’s learning standards for graduation. However, there are some students who, because of their disabilities, are unable to demonstrate their proficiency on standard State assessments, even with testing accommodations. For these students, the State provided a superintendent determination option for eligible students to graduate with a local diploma, beginning in June 2016 and thereafter. Under current regulations, to be eligible for the superintendent determination option to graduate with a local diploma, a student with a disability must have earned a minimum score of 55 on both the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics Regents examinations or successfully appealed a score between 52 and 54.
The proposed rule would, on or after December 12, 2017, allow students with disabilities who have not earned a minimum score of 55 on the ELA and/or mathematics Regents examinations or did not initiate an appeal of a score between 52 and 54 to meet the ELA and/or mathematics Regents examinations eligibility conditions for the superintendent determination option by completing the requirements for the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. For these students, the superintendent must conduct a review to determine whether such student has otherwise demonstrated proficiency in the knowledge, skills and abilities in ELA and/or mathematics, in addition to any other subject areas where the student was not able to demonstrate his/her proficiency of the State’s learning standards as measured by the corresponding Regents examination(s) required for graduation.
In addition, because some students may not have had the opportunity to work towards earning the CDOS Commencement Credential and would therefore be unable to use the credential to meet the thresholdeligibility conditions for the superintendent determination option, the proposed rule includes an exception to certain requirements to allow appropriate discretion to school principals to determine whether students have otherwise demonstrated the knowledge and skills related to the CDOS learning standards sufficient for entry-level employment. Specifically, for students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to graduate during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years only, the exception would allow school districts, and nonpublic high schools and charter schools to award the CDOS Commencement Credential to a student with a disability who has not fully met all of the requirements, for purposes of eligibility for the superintendent determination option, provided that the school principal, in consultation with relevant faculty, has determined that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills in the commencement level CDOS learning standards 1, 2 and 3a. The principal must have evidence that the student has successfully completed relevant instructional and work-based learning activities during the student’s secondary school years that demonstrates the student has readiness skills for entry-level employment. However, for students who are otherwise eligible to graduate during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, the total hours of the career and technical education coursework and/or work-based learning activities may be less than the required equivalent of two units of study (216 hours).
Students who are awarded the CDOS Commencement Credential under this exception may not use such credential to meet the requirements for the career development and occupational studies graduation pathway to a local or Regents diploma.
4. COSTS:
(a) Costs to State: none.
(b) Costs to local governments: It is anticipated that any costs associated with extending the population of students with disabilities that can earn a local diploma will be minimal and capable of being absorbed by districts using existing staff and resources.. School districts, BOCES and registered nonpublic schools may also incur costs for the superintendent review and with recording the evidence reviewed and the decision rendered by the superintendent in these reviews.
However, in the long term, the proposed amendment is expected to be a cost-saving measure in that it will boost the graduation rate, allowing more students to access higher education or enter the workforce with a high school diploma. Both of these outcomes will in turn stimulate workforce productivity and economic performance in local communities.
In addition, there may be costs associated with extending the population of students with disabilities who are awarded a CDOS Commencement Credential. These costs are anticipated to be minimal and capable of being absorbed by districts using existing staff and resources.
(c) Costs to private regulated parties: See (b) above.
(d) Costs to regulating agency for implementation and continued administration of this rule: none.
5. LOCAL GOVERNMENT MANDATES:
The proposed amendment would require, on or after December 12, 2017 (the effective date of the revised rule), districts to conduct a superintendent determination review for students with disabilities who met the eligibility conditions for the superintendent determination option by completing the requirements for the CDOS Commencement Credential. It would also allow for students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to graduate during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, school districts, and nonpublic high schools and charter schools to award the CDOS Commencement Credential to a student with a disability who has not fully met all of the CDOS requirements, for purposes of eligibility for the superintendent determination option, provided that the school principal, in consultation with relevant faculty, has determined that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills in the commencement level CDOS learning standards 1, 2 and 3a.
6. PAPERWORK:
The proposed rule does not impose any new paperwork requirements, upon local government, including school districts or BOCES beyond those already required when a superintendent makes a determination that a student has met the requirements for a local diploma.
7. DUPLICATION:
The proposed rule does not duplicate any existing State or federal requirements.
8. ALTERNATIVES:
There were no significant alternatives, and none were considered. The proposed rule is necessary to implement Regents policy relating to safety net options for students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma.
9. FEDERAL STANDARDS:
There are no related federal standards in this area.
10. COMPLIANCE SCHEDULE:
On or after December 12, 2017 (the effective date of the revised rule), students with disabilities who have not earned a minimum score of 55 on the ELA and/or mathematics Regents examinations or did not initiate an appeal of a score between 52 and 54 to meet the ELA and/or mathematics Regents examinations may meet the threshold eligibility conditions for the superintendent determination option by completing the requirements for the CDOS Commencement Credential. It is anticipated that regulated parties will be able to achieve compliance with the proposed amendment by its effective date.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis
(a) Small businesses:
The proposed amendment is necessary to implement Regents policy to permit students with disabilities to meet the threshold eligibility conditions for the superintendent determination option by completing the requirements for the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. In addition, the proposed rule would allow, for students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to exit from high school in either the 2017-2018 school year or 2018-2019 school year only, a school district, charter school or nonpublic school to award the CDOS Commencement Credential to a student with a disability who has not met all of the CDOS requirements, for purposes of eligibility for the superintendent determination option, provided that the school principal, in consultation with relevant faculty, has determined that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills in the commencement level CDOS learning standards. Students who are awarded the CDOS commencement credential under this exception may not use such credential to meet the requirements for the career development and occupational studies graduation pathway option.
Because it is evident from the nature of the proposed amendment that it does not affect small businesses, no further measures were needed to ascertain that fact and none were taken. Accordingly, a regulatory flexibility analysis for small businesses is not required and one has not been prepared.
(b) Local governments:
1. EFFECT OF RULE:
The proposed amendment applies to each of the 689 public school districts in the State, and to charter schools and nonpublic schools that are authorized to issue regular high school diplomas with respect to State assessments and high school graduation and diploma requirements.
2. COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS:
The proposed rule would, on or after December 12, 2017, allow students with disabilities who have not earned a minimum score of 55 on the ELA and/or mathematics Regents examinations or did not initiate an appeal of a score between 52 and 54 to meet the ELA and/or mathematics Regents examinations eligibility conditions for the superintendent determination option by completing the requirements for the CDOS Commencement Credential. For these students, the superintendent must conduct a review to determine whether such student has otherwise demonstrated proficiency in the knowledge, skills and abilities in ELA and/or mathematics, in addition to any other subject areas where the student was not able to demonstrate his/her proficiency of the State’s learning standards as measured by the corresponding Regents examination(s) required for graduation.
In addition, because some students may not have had the opportunity to work towards earning the CDOS Commencement Credential and would therefore be unable to use the credential to meet the threshold eligibility conditions for the superintendent determination option, the proposed rule includes an exception to certain requirements to allow appropriate discretion to school principals to determine whether students have otherwise demonstrated the knowledge and skills related to the CDOS learning standards sufficient for entry-level employment. Specifically, for students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to graduate during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years only, the exception would allow school districts, and nonpublic high schools and charter schools to award the CDOS Commencement Credential to a student with a disability who has not fully met all of the requirements, for purposes of eligibility for the superintendent determination option, provided that the school principal, in consultation with relevant faculty, has determined that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills in the commencement level CDOS learning standards 1, 2 and 3a. The principal must have evidence that the student has successfully completed relevant instructional and work-based learning activities during the student’s secondary school years that demonstrates the student has readiness skills for entry-level employment. However, for students who are otherwise eligible to graduate during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years, the total hours of the career and technical education coursework and/or work-based learning activities may be less than the required equivalent of two units of study (216 hours).
Students who are awarded the CDOS Commencement Credential under this exception may not use such credential to meet the requirements for the career development and occupational studies graduation pathway to a local or Regents diploma.
3. PROFESSIONAL SERVICES:
The proposed rule does not impose any additional professional services requirements on local governments.
4. COMPLIANCE COSTS:
It is anticipated that any costs associated with extending the population of students with disabilities that can earn a local diploma will be minimal and capable of being absorbed by districts using existing staff and resources. School districts, BOCES and registered non-publics may also incur costs for the superintendent review and with recording the evidence reviewed and the decision rendered by the superintendent in these reviews.
However, in the long term, the proposed amendment is expected to be a cost-saving measure in that it will boost the graduation rate, allowing more students to access higher education or enter the workforce with a high school diploma. Both of these outcomes will in turn stimulate workforce productivity and economic performance in local communities.
In addition, there may be costs associated with extending the population of students with disabilities who are awarded a CDOS Commencement Credential. These costs are anticipated to be minimal and capable of being absorbed by districts using existing staff and resources.
5. ECONOMIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL FEASIBILITY:
The proposed amendment does not impose any new technological requirements on school districts or charter schools. Economic feasibility is addressed in the Costs section above.
6. MINIMIZING ADVERSE IMPACT:
The proposed amendment is necessary to implement Regents policy relating to the expansion of the available safety net options for students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma.
Because the Regents policy upon which the proposed amendment is based applies to all school districts in the State, it is not possible to establish differing compliance or reporting requirements or timetables or to exempt school districts from coverage by the proposed amendment. The proposed amendment does not directly impose any additional compliance requirements or costs on school districts. It is anticipated that any indirect costs associated with the proposed amendment will be minimal and capable of being absorbed using existing school resources.
7. LOCAL GOVERNMENT PARTICIPATION:
Comments on the proposed rule were solicited from school districts through the offices of the district superintendents of each supervisory district in the State, from the chief school officers of the five big city school districts and from charter schools.
Rural Area Flexibility Analysis
1. TYPES AND ESTIMATED NUMBER OF RURAL AREAS:
The proposed amendment applies to each of the 689 public school districts in the State, charter schools, and registered nonpublic schools in the State, to the extent that they offer instruction in the high school grades, including those located in the 44 rural counties with less than 200,000 inhabitants and the 71 towns in urban counties with a population density of 150 per square mile or less. At present, there is one charter school located in a rural area that is authorized to issue diplomas.
2. REPORTING, RECORDKEEPING AND OTHER COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS; AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICES:
The proposed amendment is necessary to implement Regents policy to permit students with disabilities to meet the threshold eligibility conditions for the superintendent determination option by completing the requirements for the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. In addition, the proposed rule would allow, for students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to exit from high school in either the 2017-2018 school year or 2018-2019 school year only, a school district, charter school or nonpublic school to award the CDOS Commencement Credential to a student with a disability who has not met all of the CDOS requirements, for purposes of eligibility for the superintendent determination option, provided that the school principal, in consultation with relevant faculty, has determined that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills in the commencement level CDOS learning standards. Students who are awarded the CDOS commencement credential under this exception may not use such credential to meet the requirements for the career development and occupational studies graduation pathway option.
3. COMPLIANCE COSTS:
It is anticipated that any costs associated with extending the population of students with disabilities that can earn a local diploma will be minimal and capable of being absorbed by districts using existing staff and resources. School districts, BOCES and registered non-publics may also incur costs for the superintendent review and with recording the evidence reviewed and the decision rendered by the superintendent in these reviews.
However, in the long term, the proposed amendment is expected to be a cost-saving measure in that it will boost the graduation rate, allowing more students to access higher education or enter the workforce with a high school diploma. Both of these outcomes will in turn stimulate workforce productivity and economic performance in local communities.
In addition, there may be costs associated with extending the population of students with disabilities who are awarded a CDOS Commencement Credential. These costs are anticipated to be minimal and capable of being absorbed by districts using existing staff and resources.
4. MINIMIZING ADVERSE IMPACT:
There were no significant alternatives and none were considered. The proposed rule is necessary to implement Regents policy relating to safety net options for students with disabilities to graduate with a local diploma.
Because the Regents policy upon which the proposed amendment is based applies to all school districts in the State and to charter schools and registered nonpublic high schools, it is not possible to establish differing compliance or reporting requirements or timetables or to exempt schools in rural areas from coverage by the proposed amendment.
5. RURAL AREA PARTICIPATION:
Comments on the proposed rule were solicited from the Department's Rural Advisory Committee, whose membership includes school districts located in rural areas.
Job Impact Statement
The proposed amendment is necessary to implement Regents policy to permit students with disabilities to meet the threshold eligibility conditions for the superintendent determination option by completing the requirements for the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. In addition, the proposed rule would allow, for students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to exit from high school in either the 2017-2018 school year or 2018-2019 school year only, a school district, charter school or nonpublic school to award the CDOS Commencement Credential to a student with a disability who has not met all of the CDOS requirements, for purposes of eligibility for the superintendent determination option, provided that the school principal, in consultation with relevant faculty, has determined that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills in the commencement level CDOS learning standards. Students who are awarded the CDOS commencement credential under this exception may not use such credential to meet the requirements for the career development and occupational studies graduation pathway option.
The proposed amendment will not have a substantial adverse impact on jobs or employment opportunities. Because it is evident from the nature of the proposed amendment that it will have no impact, or a positive impact, on jobs or employment opportunities, no further steps were needed to ascertain that fact and none were taken. Accordingly, a job impact statement is not required and one has not been prepared.
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