April 24, 2012

Fact Sheet 12-18: Continuum of Special Education Services for School Age Students

Source: Research and Educational Services
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In 2008, the State Education Department (SED) issued a guidance document to the field regarding the continuum of special education services for school-age students with disabilities in Section 200.6 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The SED memorandum uses a question and answer format to address recent amendments to the regulations relating to consultant teacher services, resource room, integrated co-teaching services and a variety of other topic areas involving the provision of education programs for students with disabilities.

This Fact Sheet details changes resulting from Special Education Mandate Relief efforts and highlights the following topics found in the memorandum:

  • The minimum time requirement when combining consultant teacher and resource room services for an individual student with a disability;
  • The requirements for the new integrated co-teaching service;
  • Appropriately indicating services on a student’s individualized education program (IEP);
  • The inclusion of school nurse services as a related service;
  • The difference among aid and services, program accommodations, and program modifications for students with disabilities;
  • The identification of appropriate supports for school personnel;
  • The proper listing of consultant teacher services on IEPs; and
  • The roles of teacher aides and teaching assistants.

In addition, "Advice to Local Leaders" is included as well as an appendix that contains the complete SED guidance document.

If you have any questions or need further clarification about this information, please contact your NYSUT Labor Relations Specialist or NYSUT Research and Educational Services.

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