Resources

Personnel

In cooperation with the building principals, we assist in hiring special education staff, and maintain certification records for all certified Perry Township Special Education staff.

Case Conferences

Our staff participates in annual case conferences, initial case conference, change of placement case conferences, manifestation determination case conferences, and other requested case conferences throughout the year.

Parental Rights

The Procedural Safeguards (commonly referred to as “Parent Rights”), may be obtained at our District Special Education Office, at the schools, or you can reference them on-line at Indiana Department of Education, Division of Exceptional Learners.

English:
http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/specialed/notice-procedural-safeguards-new-medicaid-consent.pdf

Spanish:
http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/specialed/sampleproceduralsafeguardswithmedicaidconsentnotice-spanish.pdf

Record Keeping

Each special education student will have a psychological evaluation and from that, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is written. Our office maintains copies of these records for the benefit of teachers, psychologists, and other school personnel who may assist with supports for a special education student. Each student’s IEP is updated and rewritten on an annual basis by the student’s Teacher-of-Record.

Testing and Referral

Referrals are generated at the individual school sites for students that are currently enrolled and attending one of our public schools. Our office assists in the referral process for parochial and non-public school students.

The referral process for a student attending our public schools is as follows:

  1. The parent voices concerns to the child’s teacher and asks for a conference.
  2. In an attempt to provide support and building resources to assist the student in becoming  successful academically, behaviorally, and/or socially, a student may be referred to the Building Intervention Team (BIT Team).
  3. The BIT team may write and implement a plan to help the student be successful.  The team may also reevaluate the plan, periodically, to gauge it’s effectiveness. Changes may be made at this time, or a referral may be initiated.
  4. After a referral has been signed, the child will be tested, and a conference will be held within the time allocated by Article 7.

Services for Special Education students include:

  • Consultative Support – special education teachers consult with the general education teachers, no direct pupil support.
  • Support in Gen Ed Classrooms – special education teachers or instructional aides directly assist students in the general education class per their IEP services.
  • Resource – ‘pull out’ services – student serviced in the resource room, with students eligible for special education services.
  • Self – Contained classroom – students serviced in the resource room, or special education room for at least 60% of their instructional day, with other special education students.
  • C.I.O.P  (Continuing Instruction Opportunity Program) – for students with special needs who have been removed from their school–located within the James Whitcomb Riley Alternative Education Program and at each High School.
  • RISE Learning Center placement – this placement option is a placement decision by the case conference committee.

Article 7

The law governing special education in the state of Indiana can be read in it’s entirety by linking to the following website:

ENGLISH:
http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/specialed/art-7-english-january-final-rule-update-2015-2017-spi.pdf

SPANISH:
http://www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/specialed/article-7-feb-2010spanish-spi-update-2017.pdf

Local and Statewide Assessments

All students in Perry Township,3-8 grade, with the exception of the most severe disability areas, now participate in the ISTEP+ testing, as mandated by the Indiana Department of Education to comply with (ESSA) Every Student Suceeds Act. Those students that meet mandated criteria, the ISTAR assessment may be conducted, in lieu of the ISTEP+, determined by a case conference committee decision. Teachers receive yearly training to conduct the ISTAR assessment. Students in 3rd grade are also assessed using I-READ testing.  In addition, all schools use various assessments to monitor on-going student progress in order to provide mastery feedback, aiding teachers in developing appropriate instruction for each student.

Other Special Education Services:

Southside Special Services of Marion County
5391 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Phone: 317-789-1650
Fax: 317-780-4279
SSSMC.org

Mrs. Lillian Youngblood, Executive Director
lyoungblood@nullsssmc.k12.in.us

Melissa Cunniff, Secretary
mcunniff@nullsssmc.k12.in.us

Ann O’Neill Schlosser, Early Childhood Academy Team
Phone: (317)789-1662
aoneillschlosser@nullsssmc.k12.in.us

Sandy Cunniff, Secretary
Phone: (317)789-1678
scunniff@nullsssmc.k12.in.us

RISE Learning Center

Dr. Scott Carson, Associate Director
Phone: (317) 789-1675
scarson@nullsssmc.k12.in.us

Teresa Ruark, ECA Treasurer and Admin Assistant
Phone: (317) 789-1622
truark@nullsssmc.k12.in.us