Listed below contains information regarding the various components of the Special Education Department and procedures. Details include how the various areas are processed at the North East School District. Parents/guardians who may have concerns regarding their student are encouraged to reach out to their student’s teacher(s), special education supervisor, building principal, or any staff member who may be of assistance in accommodating student needs.
Referral: Before a student can be considered for placement in a special education program, a parent/guardian must grant permission, in writing, for an evaluation. Parents/guardians, teachers, and other school personnel may refer a student for an appropriate evaluation. The Permission to Evaluate states:
Evaluation: A school psychologist will evaluate the student using a variety of assessment tools such as a specific type of test, teacher observations, parent information, and a review of records. After the evaluation, a multi-
IEP/NOREP: Every student in a special education program has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) written by the IEP team that identifies goals, and objectives for the school year. Parents/guardians receive a copy of the IEP and may contact the student’s teacher if there are any questions. Approval for special education is given by the parent’s/guardian’s signature on the Notice of Recommended Educational Placement (NOREP). The NOREP is kept in the student’s permanent school file along with the student’s Evaluation Report and IEP.
Due Process: Due Process is a series of steps to assure students of a free, appropriate public education. A parent/guardian should participate in each decision that affects the student’s education program. No changes are ever made without the knowledge or consent of a parent/guardian. A parent/guardian has the right to disagree with the decisions. These decisions may be reviewed in a pre-
Emotional Support: Programs are available for students who have had long-
Learning Support: Programs are available for students who show weakness in reasoning, thinking, reading, writing, spelling, or math skills, but are of average or above average intelligence. The student may be eligible for itinerant, resource, part-
Gaskin v. Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
A lawsuit resulting in mandated changes in some special educational services. As part of the court settlement, PDE is requiring all school districts to share the Notice of Proposed Settlement (Notice) to the parents of students receiving special education services. Gaskin vs PDE
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA)
A copy of these policies can be found on the following websites: www.nesd1.org under Resources – District Policies and www.pde.state.pa.us under tab Pre-
Autistic Support: The Autistic Support Program at E.C. Davis Primary is language-
Gifted Support: Students are offered a variety of challenging and enriching activities within the regular classroom. The teachers gather information regarding classroom performance during the school year. Along with this, the students may take COGAT tests (Test of Cognitive Abilities). The students who demonstrate the traits of gifted learners may be recommended for formal screening.