Special Education

Overview

Does your child have trouble learning? Is your child having difficulties in school that are getting in the way of their learning? Talk to your child’s teacher or other professionals in the school who can help decide what support might be needed. After all the classroom supports have been tried, it might be time to look into Special Education.

What do you do if your child needs extra help to be successful in school but does not qualify for Special Education? Ask about a 504 Plan! This plan develops accommodations and services which are necessary for your child to participate fully in their education.


For more information on Special Education, download our fact sheets:

Special Education
The Special Education Process
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504 Plan
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IEP Development
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Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting
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About My Child
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New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA)

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Changes to the 2016 Grade 3-8 Assessments: What Parents Need to Know
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New York State Education Department - News & Notes

June 2016

 

Additional Information

Resources

  • Common Core Learning Standards — The P-12: Office of Special Education has developed resources to assist parents of children with disabilities to have a better understanding of the Common Core Learning Standards. These resources include a set of questions that parents can bring to the Committee on Special Education and to theirmore
  • Meeting Notice Committee on Special Education — List of forms on the NYSED website. Form can be downloaded in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Haitian Creole and Korean.
  • Special Education in Plain Language — A user-friendly handbook on special education law, policies and practices in New York

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