Pocantico Hills Central School District by bfs10682

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									 Pocantico Hills Central
    School District
Special Education Report Highlights
          January, 2007
      Mary C. Norton, Ed.D.
       AREAS REVIEWED
• Student records and IEPs
• Special Education and AIS Programs
• IST Procedures and Assessments
• Compliance
• Special Education Budget and Federal
  Grants
• Technology use for classified students
               FINDINGS:
            Classification Rate


• Currently 16% or 57 students of the total
  district population are classified as students
  with disabilities

• The New York State classification rate is
  12%
 OUT OF DISTRICT PLACEMENTS
• 16% or 9 students educated out of district

• a majority of these students are attending
  specialized programs situated in other
  public schools, either through BOCES, a
  consortium or other district’s program

• consideration of least restrictive
  environment
           Statistics to Note
• Classification of 28% of Black students
  who comprise 14% of the student
  population.

• Classification of 16% of Hispanic students
  who comprise 9% of the student population,
  a classification rate that increased from 7%
  with the same population distribution
  percentage.
       RECOMMENDATIONS
          Administrative
• Create coordinator position
• Review and clarify IST practices and
  procedures
• Provide professional development
• Review current report cards
• Establish a computerized data base
• Introduce universal screening assessments
  to classrooms
                 Compliance
• Provide professional development to all staff that
  will lead to reduction of high classification rate
• Carefully review student classification criteria
  based on the discrepancy in race/ethnicity data.
• Review, reduce and use common terminology in
  testing accommodations. Provide necessary
  professional development.
• Change confidentiality procedures to improve
  teacher access and increase confidentiality.
                   Instructional
• Provide and utilize Early Literacy Guidance for standards
  based entry and exit criteria.
• Develop consistent procedure for sharing information from
  out of district professional development events.
• Investigate assistive technology options for those students
  with disabilities and testing accommodations and increase
  use of some technology already available in district.
• Provide additional opportunities for classified students
  who have difficulty writing to improve their keyboarding
  skills as early as possible.
  Moving in the Right Direction
• Small high performing district with commitment
  to educational excellence
• History of positive support and commitment for
  all students and those with special needs
• Infusion of technology into the district
• High degree of experience and professionalism
  among staff
• Openness to the collaborative model
• Willingness to change evidenced by movement
  from CST to IST this year

								
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