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NYC High School Credentials

NY State has two credential options for students with disabilities. The IEP diploma ceased to exist as of July 1, 2014. These credentials were created to provide students with career readiness skill sets. As stand alone credentials, not as an endorsement to a diploma, they cannot be used to apply to college, the military, and some vocational training programs that require a Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) (formerly GED) or high school diploma.

TYPE OF CREDENTIAL DESCRIPTION REQUIREMENTS
Career Development & Occupational Studies Commencement Credential (CDOS) Indicates career readiness
for entry-level jobs
  • Requires completed career plan, employability profile, and student exit summary
  • Can endorse a regents or local diploma

 

 

 

  • Students must have attended school for 12 years (not including kindergarten) or until the school year in which they turn 21 and participate in standard assessment
  • 216 hours of work-based learning experiences
  • Can endorse an advanced regents, regents, or local diploma
  • School must have curriculum- based evidence that the student has demonstrated achievement of knowledge of CDOS
    Learning Standards in:
    • Career development
    • Integrated learning
    • Universal foundation skills
Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential Includes a student Exit Summary that states the
following:
  • Student's skills, strengths, and interests
  • Student's academic levels(alternate assessmentscores)
  • Student's level of achievement of the Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential (CDOS) standards
  • Students must have attended school for 12 years (not including kindergarten) or until the school year in which they turn 21
  • Students with alternate assessment stated on their IEPs

 

 

 

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