Our mission is to serve children,
their families and the school community
by promoting psychological well-being,
excellence in education, and sensitivity
to diversity through best practices
in school psychology.


Oct 25 2013

Consent Form Translations

The sample consent form related to parental consent for the use of public benefits or insurance pursuant to IDEA is now available in Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Russian and Haitian-Creole and can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/parentconsent-July2013-att3.htm.

Oct 17 2013

October is National Bully Prevention Month

In addition to our Bully Prevention Toolkit, there will be related workshops at the conference. Also, our Bullying Prevention Specialist Certification Program is now available.

Jul 26 2013

Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential

A recorded webinar providing information on the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential, the high school exiting credential for students with severe disabilities taking the New York State Alternate Assessment, is available at: http://usny.nysed.gov/videos/p12/Exiting_Credential.wmv and included at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/gradrequire.html.   The size and length of the video is 405 MB, 33 minutes.

We recommend that you have the related guidance document available while listening to the webinar.  This guidance can be found at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/SACCmemo.htm. Please share as appropriate.

Jul 01 2013

Policy Memorandum - CDOS Commencement Credential

The New York State Board of Regents has approved regulations that establish an important new exiting credential for students with disabilities. Beginning with the 2013-14 school year and thereafter, students with disabilities will be able to earn a New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. This credential will recognize each individual student's preparation and skills for post-school employment. More information is available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/publications/CDOScredential-memo-613.htm. Please share as appropriate.

Apr 03 2013

Mandate Relief Update

The approved NYS Budget did not include the controversial mandate relief proposal that would have allowed local school districts, private schools, and BOCES to request waivers from any special education requirement (e.g. removal of the school psychologist as a mandated member of the CSE). NYASP has been a strong advocate of maintaining protections and provisions within special education mandates, some of which may exceed federal IDEA requirements. Many of NYS special education mandates are designed to protect the rights of students and families, as well as represent good educational practices. NYASP participated in the budget development process and advanced the need for the legislature to be sensitive these protections.

NYASP is pleased with the final outcome of this process. However, we are aware that some school districts are under the false assumption that special education mandate relief has been approved and that “school psychologists are no longer mandated members of the CSE.” It is important to inform all administrators that these changes have NOT been approved. Please refer any questions on special education mandate relief to James Dilorenzo, NYSED Assistant Commissioner, Special Education, (518) 474-3862