The Special Education Department directs and coordinates special education programs for the School District's public school systems, public agencies, and state institutions to teach students with mental or physical disabilities by performing the following duties personally or through subordinate supervisors.
Special Education Program
Special Education Program Goals
- To increase the graduation rates of students with disabilities.
- To decrease the dropout rates for students with disabilities.
- To ensure that students with disabilities participate in all statewide assessments so that they are an integral part of the accountability system.
- To monitor and improve the academic skills and performance of students with disabilities on statewide assessments.
- To decrease the number of suspensions and expulsions for students with disabilities.
- To improve post school outcomes for students with disabilities.
- To increase the percentage of trained personnel working with students with disabilities including special education teachers, related service personnel, para-professionals, and general education teachers working with students with disabilities.
- To reduce over-identification of students in special education.
- To educate all students with IEPs in the least restrictive environment.
- Decrease racial disproportionality in special education.
Special Education Preschool Screening
Middleton School District offers preschool services for children who experience delays in speech, language, motor skills, and social or emotional skills.
If you have a concern about your preschooler and would like him or her screened free of charge, call and schedule an appointment. The screening takes about 45 minutes to complete and will include a brief review of the results with the parents.
Please call Carol Wells (455-1148), Purple Sage Elementary, if you have questions for the preschool prescreenings.
What is a "referral"?
A referral is a written form stating a concern.
The concern is something that interferes with your child's educational performance (Speech, reading, behavior, etc.)
A referral may be made any time by anyone - parent, teacher, doctor, etc.
The referral goes to the building's evaluation team (parent are invited and encouraged to attend). The team reviews available information and considers whether an evaluation is necessary. Members may do assessments to gather information to help answer evaluation questions and make "eligibility" decisions. Putting together a comprehensive picture is sometimes a lengthy process, and may take up to 60 days.
What is "eligibility?"
Eligibility is a process to review collected information, including tests, observations, and other data, in order to make the following decisions:
- Does your child have a disability?
- Does your child require special education?
- What are your child's educational needs?
The team members vary, depending on the areas of concern. The team may include the school psychologist, special education teacher, speech-language pathologist, nurse, etc. Parents and classroom teachers are always invited because they have information no one else can provide.
If the team has determined that your child is eligible for and needs special education, the IEP is developed.
What is an IEP?
The IEP (individual Education Plan) is the heart and soul of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA guarantees a free appropriate public education to every child who has a disability and needs special education. The IEP is the way to assure that a child's education is "appropriate". The IEP is-
- a communication vehicle.
- an opportunity to discuss "needs".
- a commitment of resources.
- a management tool.
- a monitoring document.
- an evaluation device.
In addition to the parent (s), the IEP team usually includes a district representative such as the principal, and your child's teacher. Other people can also be invited.
The IEP team plans a program of specially designed education to meet your child's unique needs. The IEP is used to determine placement (how much time in special vs. general education, and the location).