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1 QCSD Special Education April 12, 2012 Lenny Greaney, Director of Pupil Services Shirley Moyer, Supervisor of Special Education Anthony Carty, Teacher

2 IDEA EVERYTHING WE DO IS GOVERNED BY THE LAW

3 PDE Compliance Monitoring Feedback QCSD is commended for its high degree of personnel development activities and for its commitment to continuous improvement. QCSD is commended for providing and encouraging the high amount of collaboration, cooperation, and co-planning evidenced between general and special education staff to support the inclusion and progress of students with disabilities. February 17, 2012 PDE BSE Report to Dr. Andrejko

4 ALPHABET SOUP ER = Evaluation Report RR = Re-evaluation Report IEP = Individual Education Program NOREP = Notice of Recommended Educational Placement FAPE = Free Appropriate Public Education LRE = Least Restrictive Environment LEA = Local Education Agency

5 History of Special Education in Public Schools: Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (P.L ) Guaranteed a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for children with disabilities. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the corner stone of this legislation and it sets out specific instructions and services to be provided to a student with a disability. It is a written statement for each child with a disability that is developed, reviewed and revised at a meeting in accordance with regulations set out in the law.

6 There have been 4 reauthorizations to the law since its inception: Education of the Handicapped Act Amendments of 1986 (P.L ) Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1990 (IDEA-P.L ) Reauthorization of IDEA 1997 (P.L ) Reauthorization in November, 2004

7 Reauthorization of IDEA 1997 (P.L ) Preserves the guarantee of FAPE Students must be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE): We must first consider placements that provide opportunities to interact with typical peers. New IEP requirements and content, provision for parent participation IEPs must be linked directly to regular education standards Students with disabilities are required to participate in state and/or district wide assessment with appropriate accommodations or modifications where necessary

8 Six principles of IDEA Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) Appropriate Evaluation Individualized Education Program (IEP) Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Gaskins Case Parent and Student Participation in Decision Making Procedural Safeguards

9 Eligibility Criteria for Special Education Documentation of: 1. Disability (13 categories) 2. Need for special education

10 13 Disability Categories in Pennsylvania School Code 1. Autism 2. Deaf-blindness 3. Deafness 4. Emotional disturbance 5. Hearing impairment 6. Mental retardation 7. Multiple disabilities

11 13 Disability Categories in Pennsylvania School Code continued 8. Orthopedic impairment 9. Other health impairment 10.Specific learning disability 11.Speech/language impairment 12.Traumatic brain injury 13.Visual impairment

12 WHAT is an IEP? A program/plan that identifies goals, objectives, specially designed instructions, amount of related service and supports to staff that a child needs in order to access the general curriculum.

13 Levels of service includes (but are not limited to): Life Skills: could be students with moderate mental retardation. Learning Support: could be students who are able to learn academic material but max. out at a significantly younger grade level. Emotional Support: students who have significant underlying social and emotional needs that impact their ability to function in a regular classroom environment. Autistic Support: students who have a diagnosis that places them on the Autism spectrum. Hearing Support: students who have an identified hearing impairment. Speech and Language Support: students who have identified communication needs. Vision Support: students who have an identified vision impairment. OT: students identified with fine motor and/or sensory processing disorder. PT: students identified with gross motor delay.

14 A Notice Of Recommended Educational Placement (NOREP) is issued that indicates the program. This is the most legal piece of paperwork that is generated because it holds the district accountable for implementing the program as it is stated in the IEP. This document is issued when placement of the student changes and demonstrates agreement with the parent and district with regard to the proposed placement.

15 Total Tuition to Other LEAs in PA $80, $70, $60, $50, $40, $30, $20, * $10, $ * * Through February 1, 2012

16 Total Tuition to Non-Public Schools $80, $70, $60, $50, $40, $30, $20, * $10, $ * * Through February 1, 2012

17 Total Tuition to Approved Private $300, Schools $250, $200, $150, $100, * $50, $ * * Through February 1, 2012

18 Total Tuition to PRRI s $900, $800, $700, $600, $500, $400, $300, $200, * $100, $ * * Through February 1, 2012

19 Total Tuition to Ombudsman $300, $250, $200, $150, $100, * $50, $ * * Through February 1, 2012

20 Total Tuition to BCIU #22 $4,500, $4,000, $3,500, $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, $1,000, * $500, $ * * Budgeted

21 Total Tuition for Placements Number of Students $900, $800, $700, $600, $500, $400, $300, $200, $100, $0.00 Tuition Costs * Through February 1, 2012

22 Students vs. Costs (Transportation) Total Student Numbers Total Cost 250 $900, $800, $700, $600, $500, $400, $300, * 50 $200, $100, $0.00

23 Some Thoughts from the Community It was a mutual decision between us and the school. Our child has always been a part of the normal school community We never thought about our child not being in the regular classroom. Fall 2011 BSE Cyclical Monitoring Survey Summary Results

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