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east grand rapids public schools special services

East Grand Rapids Public SchoolsSpecial Services

Educating and inspiring each student to navigate successfully

in a global community.

child study or student assistance team process
A Problem Solving Process occurs at each school building. The Student Assistance or Child Study Team process includes:

Data gathering – info from teachers, parents, test scores, classroom and school observations, etc.

Interventions – must try a variety of strategies and interventions and document their effectiveness.

Recommendations – can be for further strategies and interventions and/or special education, Section 504, gifted and talented review or assessment.

Child Study or Student Assistance Team Process
special education testing process
Disability suspected which requires special education programs/services for student progress in general education. Successively intensive interventions are insufficient for student progress

Parent/guardian grants permission for evaluations and provides information for the Evaluation Team

Evaluations, observations, information gathering completed

Evaluation Team makes a recommendation for special education eligibility

Special Education Testing Process
iep individualized education program
IEPT - Individualized Education Program Team reviews recommendation for eligibility and any other information and determines eligibility for services.

Eligible students must meet disability eligibility criteria and require special education programs/services. IEP Team develops a plan for the student including appropriate programs, services, accommodations, and goals.

IEP team meetings for eligible students are held at least once per calendar year and student plans are reviewed, revised, and updated. Redetermination of eligibility required every 3 years.

East Grand Rapids Public Schools follows all State and Federal rules regarding special education eligibility.

IEPIndividualized Education Program

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Cognitive Impairment (CI)

Deaf-Blindness (DB)

Early Childhood Developmental

Delay (ECDD)

Emotional Impairment (EI)

Hearing Impairment (HI)

Learning Disability (LD) *

Other Health Impairment (OHI)

Physical Impairment (PI)

Severe Multiple Impairment (SXI)

Speech and Language Impairment (SLI) *

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Visual Impairment (VI)

13 Special



*Most common disabilities in EGR. We have students with all disabilities except DB, SXI, & TBI.


8 Areas of Learning Disabilities

Basic Reading Skills

Reading Comprehension

Reading Fluency

Mathematics Calculation

Mathematics Problem Solving

Written Expression

Listening Comprehension

Oral Expression


Special Education Fast Facts

2012-2013 School Year Fall Count

179 students in district

13 classes - 3 preschool, 4 elementary, 3 Middle School, 3 High School

Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, School Social Work, Speech and Language, Teacher Consultant, and Transportation

20 students receive programs/services through cooperative agreements with other districts and KISD

preschool assessment
East Grand Rapids Public Schools collaborates with Grand Rapids Public Schools for the evaluation and service for children from birth through ending two years of age.

For children from about two and one-half to five years (or school age), East Grand Rapids’ Preschool Assessment Team completes evaluations in the Preschool Assessment Center located at the James Morse Administration Center at Woodcliff.

Parents are encouraged to call

Dawn Beemer, special education and

business office assistant, directly,

at 235-3535, about concerns regarding

their children of infant, toddler, and

preschool age.

for more information
For more information

Please call or email:

Kathy Wisniewski

Director of Special Education

School Psychologist

East Grand Rapids Public Schools