District takes next steps in special ed review

Superintendent Erin Prince is looking for individuals to serve on a Special Education Task Force that will begin meeting this spring. The task force will be charged with developing short- and long-range plans to address concerns outlined in a Special Education Review Report released in February. Task force application forms (English/Spanish) are due Friday, April 13.

Two independent special education consultants spent four months reviewing academic data and surveying staff, parents and special education specialists before issuing their report which contains a number of recommendations for improvement. In another step toward responding to the review, Dr. Prince is also asking parents to help prioritize which recommendations should be addressed first by participating in an online survey posted on the Special Education Web page.

The new 2010-2011 Special Education Report Card for the Corvallis School District also is posted on the Special Education page. The annual updates for every school district in the state were released today by the Oregon Department of Education.

Among the highlights in the report card are increases in the percentages of students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) meeting or exceeding grade level and alternate standards in English Language Arts. The number of students determined to be eligible for special education services within 60 days of their parents’ consent to be evaluated also increased by 12 percent, and the district reported a higher number of post-secondary IEP students enrolled in higher education or employed that the state target.