Parents Corner

  The Metropolitan Parent Center Parent Support Group

The Parent Support Group provides a safe and confidential place for parents who have children with disabilities to share their stories, success and hardships with peers.  You will have opportunities to form new supportive relationships with other parents. We welcome you. 

Facilitator: William (Billy) Forteza

Dates: Bi-monthly on Wednesdays

Time: 11:00 am -1:00pm

Place: Sinergia, Inc.  2082 Lexington Avenue 4th Floor,  New York, NY 10035 (on 126th Street )

To register or for further information please call, Mercedes de la Cruz at 212-643-2840 or Email at

New York State Annual Performance Report

 What Parents Need To Know

Under IDEA 2004 states are required to develop a six-year, 2005-2010, State Performance Plan.   

New York has set targets and performance measures on three special education monitoring priorities:

*Free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment (Indicators 1-8)

*Disproportionality (Indicators 9-10)

*Effective general supervision (Indicators 11-20)

  • The State Performance Plan is designed to evaluate New York's efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of IDEA and describe how the State will improve its implementation.
  • Each year the state must report to US Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) on the progress and slippage through the publication of an Annual Performance Report. OSERS then reviews the annual performance report submitted by the state and makes an overall determination rating. In June New York state received a determination of "needs assistance" for school year 2008-009 for Indicator 11 ( timely initial evaluations), indicator 12 (IEP developed and implemented by third birthday), and Indicator 17 (due process hearing timelines). With this determination New York State must seek technical assistance and report to OSEP by October 1, 2010 how the technical assistance is addressing the factors contributing to the ongoing noncompliance.

 To read the June 2010 Determination letter go to:, and click on state performance plan.