State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - New York

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 N.Y. Educ. Law § 3205
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? LEA decision. Must be between the ages of 4 and 6. N.Y. Educ. Law § 2514;
N.Y. Educ. Law § 1712
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Universal Prekindergarten Programs: Opt-in at age 4 on or before December 1. District Exceptions: Syracuse, New York City, Rochester, Utica, Buffalo, Cohoes, Watervliet and Yonkers school districts are authorized to mandate children who are 5 years of age on or before December 1 to attend kindergarten. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 151-1.2;
N.Y. Educ. Law § 3205
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No - children are required to attend full-day kindergarten in Syracuse, New York City, Rochester, Utica, Buffalo, Cohoes, Watervliet, and Yonkers school districts. N.Y. Educ. Law § 3205
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? No. Exception: districts are required to offer full-day kindergarten in Syracuse, New York City, Rochester, Utica, Buffalo, Cohoes, Watervliet, and Yonkers school districts. N.Y. Educ. Law § 1712
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 2.5 hours for half-day kindergarten. 5 hours for full-day kindergarten and grades 1 through 6. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 175.5
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rule, or regulation.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: As part of the required 30 semester hours in professional education Pre-K through grade six teacher candidates are required to complete six semester hours in the teaching of reading. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 80-2.12
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: Teacher candidates for Pre-K through grade 6 must complete six semester hours of college-level credit in mathematics. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 80-2.12
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Early Childhood Education Certificate, birth to grade 2. Childhood Education Certificate, grades 1 through 6. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 80-3.2
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? Each school district must administer diagnostic screening of all new students. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 117.3
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Results are used to inform instruction and intervention. Parental notification containing intervention information is required N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 117.3
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Schools operating a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program must have procedures to actively engage parents or guardians. Parent engagement should including procedures to support transitions from prekindergarten to kindergarten and from kindergarten to elementary school. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 100.3
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? Not specified in statute, rules or regulation.
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Districts must administer diagnostic screening of all new students. Statewide English Language arts and mathematics exams are issued in grade 3. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 100.3
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? School districts are prohibited to make student promotion or placement decisions based solely or primarily on student performance on assessments. Results are to inform instruction and intervention. Parental notification with intervention information. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 117.3
N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 100.3
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Intervention available in K-3. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 117.3
N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 149-1.2
Is there a third grade retention policy? Retention is not required.
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Yes, family engagement is included as a requirement for transition plans. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 100.3
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? School districts can incorporate social and emotional learning into educational programs. N.Y. Educ. Law § 305

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