Student Support Services
Enrollments and Special Education
*December 1 Child Count includes students who are identified as disabled under state and federal law and who require unique instruction.
**Section 504 includes students with disabilities who do not require unique instruction. They are legally entitled to and receive special accommodations in the classroom, such as special seating and modified tests. ***The EST is one of many components of an educational support system, to create a comprehensive system that supports all students
Section 504 and EST taken from the October 2011 Census Count
The Supervisory Union’s numbers of students eligible for student support services has declined proportionately as the total enrollment has declined. The exception was 2008-2009 when the number of students eligible for services took a jump then leveled off again in 2009-2010 numbers have remained fairly constant through 2011-2012. Each school has increased professional support for students with learning needs, including team teaching with classroom teachers and support for differentiated instruction within the classroom setting. The Supervisory Union has also committed to improving the efficiency of our Educational Support System, and provision of accommodations under Section 504. Intensive early intervention services for students on the autism spectrum are in place. These strategies allow for many students to receive supports to achieve academic success, regardless of eligibility as special education students.
During the 2011-2012 school year, ELL numbers have almost doubled. To meet the needs of our English Language Learners (ELL), our Supervisory Union employs one teacher at .40 percent time. This teacher works directly with students and collaborates with classroom teachers to ensure that ELLs have access to the Supervisory Union’s challenging curriculum while they are gaining English Language proficiency skills. The ELL teacher assesses English proficiency levels annually, as mandated by No Child Left Behind. Our students have met the annual English proficiency targets established by the federal government.