The New York State Education Department (NYSED) oversees education in New York. The Department is governed by the Board of Regents, made up 17 members who are elected by the State Legislature. The Regents appoint the Commissioner of Education who is the chief administrative officer of the Department. The current commissioner for NYSED is Dr. MaryEllen Elia. The Office of Special Education (OSE) falls within the State Education Department’s Office of P-12 Education. NYSED Organizational Flow Chart

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NYSED Special Education Office
Website of the Special Education Office of the NYS Special Education Department


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The revised New York State Next Generation Learning Standards aim to reimagine the educational framework for English language arts and mathematics, with the goal of better supporting educators in their instructional practice and to provide additional guidance on achieving a vision of 21st century literacy. Additional introductory information about the new standards is available here.

Regulations of the Commissioner of Education – Parts 200 and 201
Part 200 and 201 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education are the NYS regulations to conform to the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Part 200 regulations are the special education law for New York State. A topical index link is available to assist in finding regulations related to specific issues or topics.

The Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Part 100
This Part 100 Regulations page provides access to sections 100.1 – 100.16 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, which specify requirements for elementary, middle and secondary school programs in New York State including Response to Intervention programs, academic intervention services, diploma requirements, and other areas relevant to the education of students with disabilities within general education.

Special Education Publications 
Publications and policy memoranda issued by the New York State Education department regarding issues related to implementation of special education in the state. Publications are indexed according to topic area or date of publication. This is a good area to search when looking for more information or guidance on a specific topic or area of concern.

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.

Technical Assistance Centers/ Resources funded by NYSED
Provides links to technical assistance resources and guidance materials are available to school districts, parents and others interested in the education of students with disabilities.