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Professional certificates in all classroom teaching titles and all School Leader titles, as well as the Level III Teaching Assistant certificate must be maintained through continuing professional development.   Public school districts and BOCES are responsible for planning and providing appropriate professional development for holders of Professional and Teaching Assistant III certificates, as for all teachers, as part of the district’s professional development plan.

A TEACH administrative account allows school employers and colleges to access limited information about an individual’s certification and fingerprint information, as well as the TEACH system.

The mission of Adult Education Program and Policy within the New York State Education Department is to promote, develop, and support adult education programs with the goal of providing adult students with successful pathways and transitions to post secondary education, apprenticeship training, employment opportunities, and the workforce.

The Albert Shanker grant was established to defray the costs of National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)* certification to eligible New York State public school teachers. The New York State Education Department through the Albert Shanker Grant makes funding available to support eligible New York State public school teachers seeking their first National Board Certification.

New York State also offers an alternative preparation model aimed at mature, second career professionals. Alternative programs are offered by colleges with local school partners. They feature an accelerated introductory component, followed by paid employment, with extensive mentoring, coursework and other supports from the college and school district.

Education Law §310 provides that persons considering themselves aggrieved by an action taken at a school district meeting or by school authorities may appeal to the Commissioner of Education for a review of such action. A §310 appeal must be initiated within 30 days of the decision or action complained of, unless the delay is excused by the Commissioner for good cause shown in the petition.

Approved Preschool Special Education Programs
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"Search Certification Requirements" is an online search feature that allows you to identify the specific requirements you must meet for any given certificate.

View the New York State certification status of individual teachers, school administrators, and pupil personnel professionals.

The mission of the New York State Education Department Charter School Office is to create and sustain excellent educational options for New York State families on behalf of the Board of Regents through high quality charter school authorizing, fair and transparent oversight of all charter schools, and the dissemination of innovative school designs and practices.

The New York State Education Department conducts site visits to determine compliance with federal Civil Rights Laws and Regulations as part of the State's agreement with the U.S. Department of Education.

System for collecting district/school student enrollment and staff counts.

Contains a listing of many of the grant opportunities managed by the Department.

The Framework for Teaching is designed to help districts promote a common definition and understanding of excellence in teaching, one that everyone—teachers, administrators, and the larger community—can easily comprehend. Charlotte Danielson developed the Framework for Teaching Evaluation Instrument in 2011 and further enhanced it in 2013 to facilitate evaluations, and consequently has enhanced the language of her original Framework throughout to be as clear as possible. In addition, beginning with the 2011 Edition, she added critical attributes and possible examples of teaching at each performance level for each component. The definitions and expectations for each domain and component within each performance level are clear and precise, intentionally designed to be understood by all, regardless of role, position, or experience level.

System for collecting district/school student enrollment and staff counts.

Forms and instructions for reporting data on career and occupational training.

Reporting assessment results for students with severe cognitive disabilities.

Forms and instructions for reporting assessment and graduation data for nonpublic school students.

Data collection, analysis, and reporting to meet federal and State requirements for special education and vocational rehabilitation.

Deadlines, Forms, Access to SAMS

System for collecting and reporting district/school violent and disruptive incidents.

The database containing the entire New York State Public and Nonpublic Schools and Administrators is available in various formats and can be downloaded from the site.

Directory of School District Websites

Driver & Traffic Safety Education in New York State schools is a course implemented via a joint partnership between the New York State Education Department (NYSED), and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

This section provides individuals, school districts, charter schools, and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) with information on the State fingerprinting requirement. New York State law requires that the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability conduct fingerprint supported criminal history background checks for applicants for certification and all prospective employees of school districts, charter schools and BOCES.  The side links provide information about the law and will guide you through the fingerprint process.

Frequently Asked Questions about Certification are commonly asked questions from applicants seeking Teacher, School Leader, or School Personnel certification in New York State.

These awards provide recognition of a teacher and a citizen who have made outstanding contributions to New York State education about the Holocaust and other violations of human rights.

An Individuals may report possible testing misconduct by educators (teaching personnel and administrators) related to New York State assessments.

What is a Medicaid Spend Down and how does it work?

Some people have too much income to qualify for Medicaid. This amount is called excess income. Some of these people may qualify for Medicaid if they spend the excess income on medical bills. This is called a spend down.

For example, a person over 65 is denied Medicaid because her monthly income is $50 more than the limit for Medicaid eligibility. If she incurs medical bills of $50 per month, the rest of her medical bills will be covered by Medicaid. The spend down in this case is the $50 of medical bills she incurs.

The Mentor Teacher-Internship Program (MTIP) is subject to annual funding by the New York State Legislature, this program supports eligible public school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in developing and providing structured guidance and assistance by experienced, highly qualified teachers (mentors) to beginning teachers (interns) in their first or second year of teaching.

A teacher who holds a certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) may obtain a New York State certificate in a comparable title through the National Board Pathway.

The New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) is a part of the New York State Testing Program. Starting with the 2013-14 administration, the NYSAA is based on a new test design with requirements that reflect the updated assessment. The NYSAA is a datafolio-style assessment in which students with severe cognitive disabilities demonstrate their performance toward achieving the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics. In addition, this assessment measures the New York State Learning Standards and Core Curriculum in science and social studies. Eligibility for participation in NYSAA is determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) according to criteria described in the Administrators' Manual. Student performance is recorded through direct observation and documentation and may include other information such as student work products, photographs, audio and videotapes. Students must be assessed once a year beginning in the school year they become 9 years old through the school year they become 14 (grade equivalents 3-8). The secondary level NYSAA is administered during the school year they become 17-18 years of age (high school).

The Regents are responsible for the general supervision of all educational activities within the State, presiding over The University and the New York State Education Department.

The University of the State of New York is the nation's most comprehensive and unified educational system. It consists of all elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational institutions, libraries, museums, public broadcasting, records and archives, professions, Adult Career and Continuing Education Services, and such other institutions, organizations, and agencies as may be admitted to The University. The concept of The University of the State of New York is a broad term encompassing all the institutions, both public and private, offering education in the State.

The New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) are internationally-benchmarked and evidence-based standards. These standards serve as a consistent set of expectations for what students should learn and be able to do, so that we can ensure that every student across New YorkState is on track for college and career readiness. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) will continue to develop educator resources to support the successful implementation of the CCLS in classrooms across New York State over the next several years.

The New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT) is designed to annually assess the English proficiency of all English language learners enrolled in Grades K–12 in New York State schools. The exam gives the State and schools important information about the English language development of English language learners (ELLs), and is part of the State's compliance with federal laws that mandate the annual assessing and tracking of English proficiency of English language learners.

The State Education Department's Office of Nonpublic School Services staff provides general information, support for the Board of Regents Education Corporation process and Commissioner’s Consent to alternate incorporations, registration of nonpublic high schools; oversight of the application process for entities seeking a Basic Educational Data System (BEDS) registration number; and Coordination of the Commissioner of Education's Advisory Council for Nonpublic Schools.

A person may complete a teacher education program in a New York college or university and be recommended for a certificate provided that program has been registered by the Department as leading to the designated certificate.

The State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching is a 28 member board that serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education on matters related to teaching in New York State.

The Office of State Review (OSR) was created in 1990 to assist NY State Review Officers (SROs).  A State Review Officer reviews decisions of impartial hearing officers concerning the identification, evaluation, program or placement of children who have, or are suspected of having, an educational disability.  Either a child's parent or a school district may appeal to the State Review Officer requesting a review of an impartial hearing officer's decision.

Grants Administered by the New York State Education Department.

New York State Regents Exams in PDF format, some going back as far as the 1930s, are part of the Library's Digital Collections.

Regents exams administered after 1998

Perkins federal funds are used to improve career and technical education programs designed to prepare students to work in high skill, high wage, high demand careers. Eligible agencies are those that meet federal requirements for program size, scope and quality.

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) identify, nationwide, outstanding teachers in mathematics and science.

The New York State Professional Development Standards and the related indicators guide high quality professional development offered by these and other providers. Use of the standards will increase coordination of effort and consistency in providing professional development to all school personnel throughout the State.

Reference tables for:

  • Physical Setting/Chemistry
  • Physical Setting/Earth Science
  • Physical Setting/Physics

This online incident reporting process has been designed to provide individuals a means of reporting possible testing misconduct by educators (teaching personnel and administrators) related to New York State assessments.

Requests for Proposals (RFPs)

"Search Certification Requirements" is an online search feature that allows you to identify the specific requirements you must meet for any given certificate.

Allows designated school district personnel to create and manage User Ids and passwords for their own employees.

Through the Smart Scholars Early College High School Program, institutions of higher education (IHEs) partner with public school districts to create early college high schools that provide students with the opportunity and preparation to accelerate the completion of their high school studies while earning a minimum of twenty but up to sixty transferable college credits at the same time.

The Office of Special Education works to promote educational equity and excellence for students with disabilities through its roles and responsibilities to:

  • oversee the implementation of federal and State laws and policy for students with disabilities.
  • provide general supervision and monitoring of all public and private schools serving New York State preschool and school-age students with disabilities.
  • establish a broad network of technical assistance centers and providers to work directly with parents and school districts to provide current information and high quality professional development and technical assistance to improve results for students with disabilities.
  • ensure a system of due process, including special education mediation and impartial hearings.
  • meet with stakeholders through the Commissioner's Advisory Panel for Special Education Services.

State Aid Office Mission: To determine and distribute the correct amount of State Aid to public school districts and BOCES in a timely manner, and provide accurate and timely data for use in State Aid projections.

The State Professional Standards and Practices Board for Teaching is a 28 member board that serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education on matters related to teaching in New York State.

SRO decisions beginning with calendar year 2007 to the present are in accessible PDF format containing bookmarks/footnotes.  Pre-2007 decisions are in html format unless otherwise noted.

STAC and Special Aids is the unit within the NYS Education Department responsible for processing requests for Commissioner's approval for reimbursement. This includes reimbursement approval for the costs of providing services to preschool and school-age students placed in special education programs. It also includes reimbursement approval for students who have been determined to be homeless or runaway youth and for education services provided to incarcerated youth.

The TEACH system is an online service for various customers (applicants, college administrators, school and district administrators, school employers, and agencies) to perform various functions (apply for certification and fingerprinting, check application status, submit professional development hours, assist in school administrator functions, etc.) regarding teacher, school leader, and school personnel certification and school employment.

The TEACH system is designed for various users to perform various functions regarding teacher certification and fingerprinting.  You may access information based upon the role you hold.  We have two types of accounts created to address these various roles: the PERSONAL ACCOUNT (applicant) and the ADMINISTRATIVE ACCOUNT (college administrators, school and district administrators, and agencies).

New York State requires that all teachers, school leaders (administrators), and pupil personnel service providers who are employed or wish to become employed in the State’s public schools hold a New York State certificate.

The New York State Department of Education investigates allegations concerning the moral character of individuals who hold or who are applicants for New York State teaching certificates, or about illegal practice of the profession by an uncertified person. Under the law, School District Superintendents must file a report with the Department upon knowledge that a certificate holder has been convicted of a crime or has committed an act that raises a reasonable question about the individual's moral character.

Tenured educators have the right to retain their positions and may only be terminated if there is “just cause” pursuant to Education Law §3020.

Adopted in January, 2011, the New York State Teaching Standards cover the following items:

  1. Knowledge of Students and Student Learning
  2. Knowledge of Content and Instructional Planning
  3. Instructional Practice
  4. Learning Environment
  5. Assessment for Student Learning
  6. Professional Responsibilities and Collaboration
  7. Professional Growth

New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.

Each school district is required to submit Violent and Disruptive Incident Reports (VADIR) for each school building on an annual basis. Information on this page provides links to VADIR data reported by the schools, and provides resource documents to help school staff complete the necessary forms.