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DATE:†† February 19, 2018

 

INFORMATION ITEM

 

SUBJECT

Information Update on the Academic Performance of Students with Disabilities

RATIONALE

Currently the Division has 324 students with IEPs (student with disabilities or SWDs.) Students with 504 plans are not considered in this population. For SOL testing purposes these students are considered general education students. There are currently 239 students with IEPs in grades 3-12. Of these, 25 students participate in the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program within the Division. Seven students in private placements participate in the Virginia Alternate Assessment Program. This leaves 207 students at a grade level to participate in SOL assessment. For high school students, the course schedule for each individual student determines whether or not a student is participating in an SOL assessment.

 

Following are the actual pass rates for SWDs by school for the 2017 school year and the predicted (or actual first semester at AHS) for the 2018 school year:

School††††††††† English 2017†††† Predicted 2018†††††††††††††††††††

AHS††††††††††††† 48%†††††††††††††††††† 38% (19% with writing) actual first sem.

CMS†††††††††††† 32%†††††††††††††††††36%

CES††††††††††††† 40%†††††††††††††††††† 77%

MVES†††††††††† 36%†††††††††††††††††† 50%

SES†††††††††††††† 39%†††††††††††††††††† 47%

 

School††††††††† Math 2017††††††††† Predicted 2018

AHS†††††††††††† 21%†††††††††††††††††††† 67% (actual first semester)

CMS†††† †††††††49%††††††††††††† ††††††64%

CES†††††††††††† 33%†††††††††††††††††††† 46%

MVES††††††††† 36%†††††††††††††††††††† 54%

SES†††††††††††† 39%†††††††††††††††††††† 47%

 

The Technical Training and Assistance Center (TTAC) has helped with the implementation of the Fusion Reading program for Tier 2 reading intervention at CMS and AHS, and the iSpire reading program for Tier 3 reading intervention at CMS and AHS. Spire reading program is also being utilized at SES and CES to improve studentsí reading ability. MVES utilizes Orton-Gillingham reading methodology with students. Students are remediated based on performance data.

 

Mrs. Huff has taken over supervision of the English department at AHS for second semester and is implementing the same instructional changes that were implemented with the math department first semester with assistance from TTAC to achieve the improved results. We are hopeful that we will see similar increases in the English Reading and English Writing scores (calculated together for high school) for second semester.

ESTIMATED COSTS

N/A

BUDGET CATEGORY

Special Education Title VI B Funds

LEGAL REFERENCE

H.R. 1350 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004)

34 CFR 300.17

STAFF CONTACTS

Elizabeth V. Heath, Ph. D., Director of Special Education

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