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Teacher Certification Resources

The Charter Center’s resources are compiled from NYSED and our experience assisting teachers to navigate the certification process. Schools participating in our Teacher Certification Program will also find additional resources through the HR community of practice.

Please note: The Charter Center’s resource guide “Applicants from Other States Seeking NYS Classroom Teaching Certificates” reflects recent updates in exams and exam requirements for eligible interstate candidates.

For more detailed information for both teachers and school administrators with out-of-state credentials, visit the NYSED’s TEACH website

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.

NYSITELL Administration and Scanning

How do schools identify ELL students once they are enrolled in the charter school?

Under federal mandate, schools must administer a home language survey at the time of entrance. If a student is identified as potentially ELL after the home language survey and informal interview, the school must administer a valid and reliable English language proficiency assessment to determine if the student is an ELL. 

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.

School Funding Comparisons by the NYC Independent Budget Office (IBO) (2010-11)

How do the funding levels compare, and the funding streams interact, for New York City charter and district schools? The City's Independent Budget Office (IBO) has issued three analyses on this topic, to which the Charter Center has responded with increasing, detailed criticism. The NYC Department of Education has also raised strong objections.

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