Is Special Education the Right Service? Special education should not be the only service. Schools should offer many options. Parents should have multiple ways to find out about those options. Parents should have information to help them identify if special education is the right service.
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Is Special Education the Right Service?
ensure that the general education environment is a rich and responsive educational environment that deliberately seeks to have teachers prepared for the diverse student learners that they are encountering on a day to day basis
Assessment in all areas related to the suspected Disability
NOT GOOD ENOUGH
603 CMR 28.04(2)(a)(2) An educational assessment by a representative of the school district, including a history of the student’s educational progress in the general curriculum. Such assessment shall include information provided by a teacher(s) with current knowledge regarding the student’s specific abilities in relation to learning standards of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and the district curriculum, as well as an assessment of the student’s attention skills, participation behaviors, communication skills, memory, and social relations with groups, peers, and adults. The school district shall also thoroughly evaluate and provide a narrative description of the student’s educational and developmental potential.
What the regulations say:
Significant delays, impairments or limitations in the student’s capacities:
National concern about over-identification of Specific Learning Disabilities.
Data is used to target resources.
Over-identification of SLD may be mitigated by more responsive General Education use of Instructional Supports.
Massachusetts adoption of federal definition because of questions of over-identification.
Justification: SLD requires written report with ALL Team members signing on to agreement or disagreement of finding.
Disability + Educational Impact of Disability
Lack of progress
Need for special education
Because of disability
Introducing the Information Available to Assist in Making Eligibility Determinations
Using the technical assistance document:
Is Special Education
the Right Service?
For example: if communication is a presenting issue
Selected assessments must match the needs of the individual student who requires evaluation.
The Team must have comprehensive information in order to make informed decisions.