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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
The law governing special education in the state of Indiana can be read in it’s entirety by linking to the following website:
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.
Southside Special Services of Marion County
5391 Shelby Street
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Mrs. Lillian Youngblood, Executive Director
Melissa Cunniff, Secretary
Ann O’Neill Schlosser, Early Childhood Academy Team
Sandy Cunniff, Secretary
RISE Learning Center
Dr. Scott Carson, Associate Director
Teresa Ruark, ECA Treasurer and Admin Assistant