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For specific questions about WBL programs, 
please contact:
Michael LaMastra
Michael.LaMastra@nysed.gov
Business and Marketing Education Associate
Career and Technical Education
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue  Room 315EB
Albany, NY 12234   518-474-7551
Fax: 518-402-5114

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The updated NYS Work-based Learning Manual

On April 7, 2020, the Interim Commissioner of Education released guidance and a Q&A document on end-of-year and 4+1 pathway assessments, including requirements pertaining to the career and technical education, work-based learning, and employability skills exam (option 2) components of the CDOS credential and CDOS 4+1 graduation pathway.  However, we would like to call out certain sections that may answer questions that individuals have addressing CDOS requirements: 

17. Can a student be exempt from the Department Approved CDOS assessment (CDOS, option 2)?

An exemption from the CDOS +1 pathway assessment can be given if a determination has been made that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills outlined in the commencement level CDOS learning standards,  and the student is meeting or has met the expectations of the course taken in preparation for such examination. 

19.  Can a student be exempt from the unfinished requirements for the CDOS credential and the CDOS +1 Pathway?

Students who are otherwise eligible to exit from high school in the 2019-2020 school year and have not met all of the requirements due to COVID-19 may be granted the CDOS Commencement Credential and fulfill the CDOS +1 Pathway, provided that the school principal, in consultation with relevant faculty, has determined that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills in the commencement level CDOS learning standards. 


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20.  Can a student be exempted from the CDOS credential requirements if students are continuing their high school education beyond the 2019-2020 school year?

Students may be exempted from requirements that were missed due to COVID-19 closures; however, students must fulfill any requirements scheduled or planned for subsequent school years.

30.For students with disabilities that meet the requirements to earn a Local Diploma through a Superintendent Determination and have been working toward earning a CDOS Credential, may a district waive the required 216 hours of CTE coursework and/or work-based learning (at least 54 hours of which must be work-based learning)?  

Yes.  Students with disabilities who are otherwise eligible to exit from high school in the 2019-2020 school year may be awarded the CDOS Commencement Credential without having met all of the requirements, for purposes of eligibility for the superintendent determination option, provided that the school principal, in consultation with relevant faculty, has determined that the student has otherwise demonstrated knowledge and skills in the commencement level CDOS learning standards. 

38. If a student on track to take an industry credential examination in June 2020 graduates due to an exemption to the diploma requirements, can they return to school to complete their technical preparation and take such examination in the future?

The Department will be providing guidance and additional information to address these issues when available.

 Further information and updates will be posted on the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 web page as it becomes available.    Thank You 

Michael LaMastra, Business and Marketing Education Associate 
Career and Technical Education
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue
Room 315EB
Albany, NY 12234
Telephone: 518-486-1547 
Fax: 518-402-5114

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COVID-19 Resources, Laws & Updates for CTE Programs



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