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Diploma Types/Options

Diploma options represents alternative means of graduating from high school. While some schools offer only one diploma (e.g., a standard diploma), others have developed alternative diplomas in an effort to include more students and increase graduation rates.

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A Parent's Guide to Special Education in NYS for Children 3-21

This guide contains comprehensive information on the special education process in New York State, beginning with the initial referral for special education services. Special education means specially designed individualized or group instruction or special services or programs to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. Special education services and programs are provided at no cost to the parent. 

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College Navigator

A national college search engine created by the Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, which allows to search for colleges by name, state, and program/major offered. This database includes a multitude of information on each college, including financial aid, tuition and fees, enrollment and admissions information and more.

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Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Centers (EC FACE Centers)

There are 14 Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement Centers (EC FACE Centers) in New York State. EC FACE Centers are part of the regional teams that use an intensive team approach. The Regional Teams, which include Regional Partnership Centers (RPC), Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers and School-age FACE Centers, provide technical assistance and professional development. Families, approved preschool and school-age programs, public schools and districts, and community partners are encouraged to contact the RPC and Early Childhood and School-age FACE Centers in their region of the State for assistance and training.

Please use the MS Navigator Mapping Tool to locate the Early Childhood FACE Center contact information for your location.

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Graduation Requirements for Students with Disabilities

This page provides information on both high school diploma and non-diploma exiting credential options available to New York State students with disabilities. Information is provided on the course work, credit and assessment requirements students must successfully complete to earn a Regents or local high school diploma, including the various safety net options available to assist students with disabilities to earn a local diploma. Requirements, model forms, guidance, and questions and answers for the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential and the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential are also provided.

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Guide to Transition Services

This is a guide to assist in the transition process for youth with disabilities and their families. Topics include: definitions of IEP; categories of transition services; post-secondary goal; the rights of students and parents; and advocacy tips. The guide also includes a list of transition services and supports in New York City and transition planning timeline.

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High School Equivalency/Test Assessing Secondary Completion HSE/TASC™

New York State has selected a new high school equivalency test called the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) to replace the General Educational Development (GED®) as the primary pathway to a New York State High School Equivalency Diploma effective January 2, 2014. The test is available to adults who did not graduate from high school or whose diplomas may not be recognized by New York State. The NYS Education Department website provides information about the test content, application process, and HSE/TASC™ testing center locations.

Test offered in French and Spanish.

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Home Instruction (Home Schooling)

Home instruction is a form of tutorial services, provided to public or nonpublic students, by the public school district of residence. These services are provided in accordance with Commissioner's Regulations 175.21 to students who are unable to attend their public or nonpublic school because of  physical, mental, or emotional illness or injury. Parents requesting these services must comply with local board of education requirements to provide medical verification of the student’s inability to attend school for a time that exceeds the number of days required by the district (about 10 days). 

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Jill Chaifetz Education Helpline

Advocates for Children of New York (AFC)’s Jill Chaifetz Education Helpline is your resource for information and guidance on all education-related matters in New York City.
 
Parents can spend an enormous amount of time researching different programs or simply trying to understand their child’s education-related rights. If your child is struggling in school or experiencing school discrimination of any kind, our education specialists will assess your problem and provide you with free assistance, ranging from information you can use to advocate successfully on your own to assigning an education specialist or attorney to work with you directly.

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Regional Partnership Centers (RPC)

Regional Teams are located in each region of the State. Using an intensive team approach, the Regional Teams, which include Regional Partnership Centers (RPC), Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers and School-age FACE Centers, provide technical assistance and professional development. Families, approved preschool and school-age programs, public schools and districts, and community partners are encouraged to contact the RPC and Early Childhood and School-age FACE Centers in their region of the State for assistance and training.

Please use the MS Navigator Mapping Tool to locate the Regional Partnership Centers (RPC) contact information for your location. Select "Education" under "Map Regional Assets" menu in the Mapping Tool.

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School-age Family and Community Engagement Centers (SA FACE Centers)

There are 14 School-age Family and Community Engagement Centers (SA FACE Centers) in New York State. EC FACE Centers are part of the regional teams that use an intensive team approach. The Regional Teams, which include Regional Partnership Centers (RPC)Early Childhood Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Centers and School-age FACE Centers, provide technical assistance and professional development. Families, approved preschool and school-age programs, public schools and districts, and community partners are encouraged to contact the RPC and Early Childhood and School-age FACE Centers in their region of the State for assistance and training.

Please use the MS Navigator Mapping Tool to locate the School-age FACE Center contact information for your location.

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Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council