Regents Approve Changes to SDBL Certification for CPAs and CTLE Requirements Requested by ASBO

The New York State Board of Regents held its monthly meeting January 22-23, 2018. 

CTLE Requirements Related to ELLs
During their January meeting, the Board of Regents approved two proposals requested by NYSASBO. The first changes CTLE requirements for current SDBLs. The Regents waived the requirement that 15 percent of CTLE hours for SDBLs focus on language acquisition targeting English language learners. Instead, 15 percent of CTLE hours will now focus on better understanding the needs of ELLs and how they are affected by federal, state, and local requirements. This change reflects the SDBL’s role in school districts and BOCES, while maintaining the intended attention on strengthening education for ELLs.

Transitional SDBL for CPAs
The Regents also approved a proposal NYSASBO put advanced would allow licensed CPAs with three years of experience auditing school districts and/or BOCES to gain a provisional SDBL certification that would let them work in an SDBL position, while completing the requirements for permanent certification. Holders of the new Transitional H certificate could also have some or all of the internship requirements waived, if they can document experience in required areas. NYSASBO proposed this new transitional certificate to expand the pool of qualified SDBLs, while maintain the rigorous standards for permanent certification.

These changes will go into effect on February 7. For more detail on the policies, visit:

ESSA Approval and Implementation
The full board discussed the federal government’s approval of the state’s plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and implementation.  The approved plan includes a number of supports for school districts and will provide $1.6 billion in continuing federal grant funds.  The Department had request waivers from requirements and these were acted on as follows:

  • To allow middle school students who take Regents exams to not have to also take grade level exams in math and science. Approved
  • To not hold schools accountable for the performance in English language arts of newly arrived English language learners until those students have taken two administrations of the ELA exam. Not approved
  • To allow a small group of students with severe disabilities to take an instructional level examination in ELA or math rather than the grade level examination. Not approved

Over the next several months the Department will present to the Regents proposals for laws and regulations that will be needed to implement the plan.  The Department will revise the Consolidated Application for funding and identify Comprehensive Support and Improvement Schools and Targeted Support and Improvement Schools based on 2017-18 school year results, to be released in Fall 2018.

Health Education Standards are required by statute to include mental health.  The Department is working with mental health partners to roll out the standards for the 2018-19 school year.   The Regents discussed a proposed amendment to Sections 135.1 and 135.3 of the Commissioner’s Regulations relating to health education.  A field memo will be released in April 2018 and regulations approved in May.


Child Nutrition
New York State is fourth in the nation and receive more than $1 billion in meal reimbursement.  More than 5,900 schools provide 20 million meals to students.  Programs include a summer school food program, an equipment assistance grant program, a farm-to-school program and a fresh fruit and vegetable program.  Fifty-six percent of all schools participate in the Community Eligibility provision which serve 53 percent of all New York students.


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