ACSD Selected to Participate in Special Education Review
Addison Central School District is pleased to announce that it is undertaking an effort to improve the effectiveness and equity of services for supporting struggling students both with and without special needs. The effort is part of a group study, sponsored in part by the Vermont Agency of Education. The District Management Council (DMC) has been engaged to assist with the study. Ten supervisory unions and school districts throughout Vermont applied and were selected to participate. What is learned from the overall study will be shared with other districts across the state.
This systematic study will examine our current system of services, programs, procedures, and staffing for serving struggling students through the use of quantitative (both in-district and benchmark district information) and qualitative data gathering (using focus groups, stakeholder interviews and classroom observations). The review will also help the district understand how various categories of staff use their time as they serve struggling students. With this information, the district will be able to make thoughtful and informed decisions to ensure all of our students receive appropriate support.
Later in the process, DMC will help codify practices that will best serve students in the district as well as help with the development of staffing guidelines in accordance with these practices. With this information, the district can make thoughtful and informed decisions to ensure all of our schools are receiving appropriate support and students receive the most effective services.
We are excited to be undertaking this study, and appreciate your support in this process. We will be sure to keep the information on the website updated as the project achieves key milestones. In the meantime, please let us know if you have any questions.
For additional information, please contact Vicki Wells, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services at 802-382-1287.