Special Education Services
In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Chapters 711 of the State Board Regulations, our special education services at EEACS ensure that each student with a disability receives a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and that each family has the benefits of a system of procedural safeguards. Specific details about our special education programs can be found in our Policies and Procedures section of the website.
Here at EEACS we believe all students should be included in the general education environment to the maximum extent possible. The following goals are what we aim to achieve when it comes to determining how student’s with IEPs will be included in the general education setting:
- Individualized planning using the full potential of the MDT and IEP processes;
- Recognition of particular educational, social and communications needs of individuals and groups, and a recognition of how natural social interaction and effective communication makes educational achievement more likely;
- A careful analysis of needed services, for the purpose of determining whether those services are sufficiently “portable” to be included as part of a regular class placement;
- Organization of schools so that class room teachers have the training and support needed to allow the class room teacher and the students to succeed;
- Education in the regular classroom whenever possible, and a full continuum of alternative placements for those cases in which students cannot succeed even in enhanced regular classes; and
- An application of the successful practices already being used by some, across an increasing number of schools and school districts.
To accomplish these goals, and thus to implement the least restrictive environment requirements that have long been part of special education law, the special education department will place a lot of energy into providing the best instructional practices, collaborating with general education, and increasing communication with parents. A willingness to learn from the successful experiences of others, and a willingness to create one’s own success through innovative inclusive programs, will remain crucial to all of our students. The special education department encourages this sense of willingness, and would like to capitalize on it by fostering the knowledge and the practice of inclusion of students with disabilities in the regular setting.
The following programs are some of the services offered at EEACS:
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment which provides students, parents, educators, and citizens with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the academic standards. These standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Technology identify what a student should know and be able to do at varying grade levels.
Every Pennsylvania student in grades 3 through 8 is assessed in English Language Arts and Math. Every Pennsylvania student in grades 4 and 8 is assessed in science.
Results can be used to assist teachers in identifying students who may be in need of additional educational opportunities and provide information to schools and districts for curriculum and instruction improvement discussions and planning.