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SPED: CSE and Compliance

The September 2010 presentation Common Coordination Issues, from the Brooklyn Charter School Student Support Agency, addresses common coordination issues facing schools with Special Education students.

The first half of the presentation covers the NYC Committee on Special Education (CSE), including the structure and function of the CSE, roles and responsibilities of the CSE and the charter school, and best practices for working with the CSE.

2018 Exam Guidance and Procedures - DOE and NYSED

Here you will find the latest guidance and handbooks for administering the 2018 New York State ELA, Mathematics, Science, and Regents Exams. These guides are produced mainly for district schools, but include regulations and resources suitable for charter schools. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

General Guidance
SED Test Schedule 2018
DOE Charter Test Administration Training
DOE Test Administration Handbook: Elementary & Middle Schools 2017-18
DOE Test Administration Handbook: High Schools 2017-18
SED School Administrator’s Manual for Secondary Level Exams
SED Testing Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
NYC DOE Directions for Scribing
Reporting Testing Irregularities or Possible Cheating
Borough Assessment Implementation Directors (BAID) Contacts
ELA & Math
2018 DOE Assessment Administration Memo #11 (Charter Version)
2018 NYS School Test Administrator’s Manual Grades 3-8
ELA & Math Scanning Handbook
ATS Quick Guide for Grades 3-8 Printing and Scanning
Regents
2018 January Regents Exam Schedule
2018 January Regents Administration Charter Memo
2018 January Regents Charter Administration Training
2018 June Regents Exam Schedule
2018 June Regents Administration Charter Memo
Regents Scanning Handbook
Science
2018 Science Grades 4 & 8 DOE Administration Memo
2018 NYS Grade 4 Science Testing Manual
2018 NYS Grade 8 Science Testing Manual
Science Scanning Handbook

General Municipal Law

Charter schools are subject to New York Municipal Law Sections 800-806. Charters, therefore must have codes of ethics and conflict of interest policies. In addition, after New York State enacted the Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013, schools must also have whistle-blower policies. See below for some exemplars. Schools should continue to consult with their own counsel when creating these policies.

Attachment
PDF iconGeneral Municipal Law FAQ (2010)
PDF iconConflict of Interest Policy Template
PDF iconWhistleblower Policy Template
Microsoft Office document iconModel Code of Ethics
PDF iconEthics for Trustees and Employees of Charter Schools (2010)

2018 Test Packing, Collection and Scoring Guidance

Here you can find diagrams and guidance for the packing and collections of exam materials for the 2018 Test Scoring Consortium.

Guidance for 2018
PDF icon2018 ELA Packing and Collection Instructions
PDF icon2018 Math Packing and Collection Instructions
PDF icon2018 ELA Packing Diagram
PDF icon2018 MATH Packing Diagram
PDF iconDOE Test Security Form
PDF icon2018 SME Packing and Collection Webinar
PDF icon Test Scoring Consortium FAQs [under revision]

NYC Charter 2018 ELA Packing Video from NYC Charter School Center.

Students in Temporary Housing: Students’ Rights and Schools’ Responsibilities

The McKinney-Vento Act gives important educational rights to students who are homeless, or in unstable or temporary housing. The Charter Center hosted a free workshop, presented by NYS-TEACHS, to help schools understand how to meet these students’ needs and comply with changes in the law resulting from the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).

Topics Covered Included:

  • McKinney-Vento definitions: Students’ Rights and Schools’ Responsibilities
  • Schools’ roles under McKinney-Vento and the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Transportation and other school services for students in temporary housing
  • Incorporating trauma-sensitive practices into school programs and policy

View the presentation HERE

Federal & State Guidance
SED Students in Temporary Housing Charter School Guidance
SED Students in Temporary Housing Lottery Preference Memo
US Department of Ed Students in Temporary Housing Non-Regulatory Guidance
Additional Resources
Tips for Social Workers and Guidance Counselors
Tips for Navigating Challenging Conversations
Tips for Parents and Guardians
Tips for School and District Leadership
Tips for School Nurses
Tips for Secretaries and Enrollment Personnel
Tips for Teachers

FACILITIES: School Safety Plans

Emergencies in schools must be addressed in an expeditious and effective manner. Schools are at risk of acts of violence, natural, and manmade disasters. To address these threats, the State of New York has enacted the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) law. Project SAVE is a comprehensive planning effort that addresses prevention, response and recovery with respect to a variety of emergencies in schools.

Individual charter schools are required by the NYSED to complete 2 safety plans: a District- Wide Safety Plan and a Building-Level Safety Plan. These plans differ as defined here taken directly from the NY Safe Schools website.

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