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BC CASE April 2011. Ministry Update. Special needs funding Updates to Manual Demographic trends Evergreen Certificate High Incidence File Review Effective Practices Report – Students with Learning Disabilities Early Learning and FDK. Special Education Funding.

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Bc case april 2011

BC CASE April 2011


Ministry update
Ministry Update

  • Special needs funding

  • Updates to Manual

  • Demographic trends

  • Evergreen Certificate

  • High Incidence File Review

  • Effective Practices Report – Students with Learning Disabilities

  • Early Learning and FDK


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Special Education Funding

  • Unique student funding for special needs

    • Level 1 – $32,000 to $36,600

    • Level 2 – $16,000 to $18,300

    • Level 3 – $8,000 to $9,200

    • Total unique student funding to boards in 2010/11 for 24,260 unique students (23,905 funded FTEs)

    • Increase of approximately $11 million


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Updates to Manual

  • Updates to Manual

  • No changes to categories or guidelines

  • Language changed in several places to reflect current approach to letter grades and percentages for students with special needs

  • Definition of speech-language pathology now matches the Health Professions Act, Health Section (94/2010)

  • Appendices have been revised/brought into currency



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Demographic Trends – Prov. Inc. Rates– 2010/11

Dependent/Deafblind 0.12%

Mod to Profound Intellectual 0.35%

Phys Dis/Chronic Health Imp 1.22%

Visual Impairment 0.06%

Deaf/Hard of Hearing 0.21%

Autism Spectrum Disorder 0.95%

IntenBeh Inter /Ser Mental Illness 1.28%

Learning Disability 3.15%

Mild Intellectual Disability 0.39%

Mod Beh Support/Mental Illness 1.08%

Gifted 1.27%

All categories 10.07%


Ministry update evergreen certificate
Ministry Update – Evergreen Certificate

  • In 2009/10, 1,065 BC School Completion (Evergreen) Certificates were issued to students who had successfully met the goals of their educational program other than graduation.


What s coming
What’s Coming

  • Adjudication

  • Use of technology important for independence

  • Should begin early and be supported by IEP goals and strategies

  • Success should be monitored and assessed.

  • Decision not to use technology should be made only after significant effort and support

  • Made by educators in consultation with other support team members.

  • Information will be posted in the in the Handbook of Procedures for 2011-12, on the adjudications website and on the Just-in-CASE wiki.


Ministry update what s coming
Ministry Update – What’s Coming

  • Modules on using software for exams

  • Revised ESL standards

  • Modernized safe schools web pages

  • Guidelines for transitions from youth justice programs back into schools


Concerns we hear
Concerns we hear

  • Referring to “adapted” or “modified” students

    Our response... these terms are strategies, not students

    • Adaptations are a form of accommodation, and modifications are applied to learning outcomes, not to students

    • CASE can be leaders in terminology use

  • Assertions that students with special needs indentified in high incidence categories are “unfunded”

    Our response... Boards asked for a simpler funding formula with more autonomy – hence mixed funding model

    • These students ARE a priority

    • Levels of support should be based on student needs, not categories


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Personalized Learning

  • Imagine an education system…….

    • Recognizes and responds to the uniqueness of every single learner

    • Flexibility in where, when, and how learning takes place

    • Parents are effectively engaged in their child’s learning

    • Teachers are facilitators of learning

    • Supported by technology


Personalized learning
Personalized Learning

  • What the Ministry will be focusing on in the coming year re: personalized learning and special needs:

  • What does personalized learning mean in terms of fostering effective instructional practices for students with special needs?

  • What does this mean in terms of curriculum, large scale and classroom assessments, performance standards and reporting?


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Personalized learning

  • Regarding students with special needs, things to consider...

    • What parts of their educational program need to be personalized to their learning needs?

    • In personalizing for all, what would the benefits be for students with special needs?

    • In personalizing for all, what challenges do you see, and how can they be best managed?

    • How should a personalized learning plan relate to an IEP?


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Other questions for us?

www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/