The Gloversville Enlarged School District is responsible for providing special education services to all resident students who qualify for such supports. These services are coordinated by the district’s Committee on Special Education. Students who are identified by the Committee on Special Education are eligible for special education services. Each student’s program is detailed by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and is reviewed annually to meet each student’s individual needs. Parents, as well as staff members, have the right to request a meeting to review a student’s needs at any given time. Before referring a student to the Committee on Special Education, there must be documented data indicating the student has received appropriate instruction and intensive intervention to remediate deficit areas. Once remediation has been provided through the Response to Intervention model (RTI) and reviewed by the School Based Support team, a student suspected of having a disability may be referred to the Committee on Special Education. A continuum of Special Education services are offered based upon the student’s needs. The continuum of services begin with least restrictive and move toward more restrictive services.
GESD Special Education Philosophy
The Gloversville Enlarged School District is committed to the following principles for special education services and programs.
- We provide special education services that meet the individual needs of the child, are developmentally appropriate and strength-based. These services are planned in collaboration with all the child-serving systems involved in the child’s life and are provided in a supportive learning environment.
- We recognize that the child’s family is the primary support system for the child and participates in all stages of the decision-making and planning process.
- We recognize and respect the behavior, ideas, attitudes, values, beliefs, customs, language, rituals, ceremonies and practices characteristic of the child’s and family’s ethnic group.
- We will bring special education expertise to the student in the general education learning environment to the greatest extent possible.
- All special education instruction will be based on the New York State learning standards.
- Student data will be used to inform and improve instruction.
- Related services provided to special education students will be educationally relevant, evidence-based and will support the student’s learning. These services will be provided to the student in a manner that is least disruptive to the child’s learning.
- Special education is a service not a placement.
Committee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool Special Education
The Committee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool Special Education (CSE/CPSE) is sanctioned and regulated by New York State. It acts as a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate the management, academic, physical and social needs of the referred child and determines if there is an educational disability. The CSE/CPSE must then decide on an appropriate program or placement for the student and the need for related services (i.e. occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, counseling, etc.) if necessary.
Individual Education Plan (IEP)
The Committees must develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for all students who are eligible for special education services. In developing the IEP, the committee considers evaluations, student strengths, concerns of the parent and, where appropriate, student performance on state and district assessments. An IEP documents the following: present level of performance; how the student’s disability impacts his/her participation in the general curriculum; classification of the disability; annual goals; recommended programs and services; whether or not the student will participate in state or alternate assessments; a list of any alternative accommodations; a list of any assistive technology devices; and transitional goals at the appropriate time.
Common Core Learning Standards and Children with Disabilities
The New York State Department of Education has issued a special education advisory to answer parents’ questions about how New York State’s adoption of the Common Core Learning Standards will affect their children who have disabilities . Click here to read the NYSED advisory.