COPAA Supports Final Approval of New York’s ESEA Waiver Extension
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Posted by: Denise Marshall
Negotiations resulted in a positive result for students with disabilities
Today in response to the U.S. Department of Education granting an extension of the New York waiver under the Elementary and Secondary Act, Denise Marshall, COPAA executive director made the following statement:
"We are pleased that the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and New York State Education Department (NYSED) have negotiated a waiver extension that continues to fully include students with disabilities in state reading and math assessments as required by ESEA. This agreement is good news for approximately 386,000 students with disabilities attending public school in New York. It is a victory for the potential of every child. We thank both federal and state officials for ensuring that federal law is upheld; maintaining full accountability; and, assuring equal opportunity to achieve meaningful academic success for these students."
Earlier this year, NYSED had proposed policies [as part of its original waiver extension application] that would have altered how students eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) would participate in annual state assessments. COPAA, along with other civil rights and disability organizations opposed NYSED’s proposal.
"It is terrific that ED sent a clear message [to states] that discriminating policies directly impacting students with disabilities will not be tolerated nor allowed as part of the ESEA waiver extension process. By doing so, ED has both upheld federal law and reinforced the importance of rigorous policy in support of the six million students with disabilities attending our nation’s public schools."