TIMELINES & REMINDERS
1. Agency Fair for Students with Disabilities, Parents, and Educators: The 2014 Agency Fair will be held at the Canyons School District Support Services Center on Thursday, April 10, 2014, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. This open-house event provides families an opportunity to learn about various community agencies that offer services and supports to students and adults with disabilities. Representatives from over 50 agencies will be available to provide information on a variety of services (i.e., family support programs, employment, guardianship, college with disability supports, independent living, etc.). Special educators and students with disabilities and their parents are encouraged to attend. Please share the following information with your students and their families:
- Agency Fair Information Flier 2014 – English
- Agency Fair Information Flier 2014 – Spanish
- Map – Agency Fair 2014, Canyons Support Services Center
2. Parent Trainings: The following classes are available to parents of students with disabilities:
- Success! Practical School and Home Strategies for Kids with High-Functioning Autism (April 1, 2014, last class in a 4-part series)
- Plan for the Future: Employment and Higher Education & Teaching Self-Determination (April 2, 2014)
Additional information is available on the Parent Information page of Special Education Web site).
NEWS & OTHER INFORMATION
1. Revised Utah Special Education Rules: The Utah State Board of Education Special Education Rules have been revised (November 2013). Click on the following link to access the revised Rules: Utah Special Education Rules (Table of Content interactive).
– Change to SLD Eligibility Requirements: In the revised Special Education Rules, the cut score of “93 percent confident” has been removed when using the Discrepancy Method to determine a student’s eligibility for Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). Instead, teams are required to make eligibility decisions based on data from a comprehensive evaluation.
Since Jordan School District uses the Discrepancy Method for determining SLD eligibility, please refer to the following guidelines provided by the Utah State of Education and Utah Personnel Development Center. If teams have questions, they should contact the Teacher Specialist assigned to their schools.
- Question: Are we still required to produce and discuss a discrepancy “report?
- Answer: Yes; however, the team must consider all evaluation data and not rely only on the score of the discrepancy report. Determination that a student has a specific learning disability is based on 3 eligibility factors: (1) The student’s scores demonstrate that a severe discrepancy exists between achievement and intellectual ability; (2) the learning disability must adversely affect the student’s educational performance, and (3) the student must need special education and related services.
- Question: If the team does not agree that the discrepancy report confirms the existence of a significant discrepancy, but other significant data support SLD eligibility, can the team still qualify the student?
- Answer: Yes. Eligibility for special education services has always been a team decision, using multiple data points. No one data source should be considered as a reason for automatic inclusion or exclusion for special education services. The Evaluation Summary Report should include all data used to make the determination.
- Question: Will a numeric discrepancy score be required as evidence of a “significant discrepancy” for the purpose of UPIPS monitoring?
- Answer: No. But the UPIPS monitors will be looking for the existence of a discrepancy report and also documentation (team meeting notes) of the team’s discussion about whether or not the report represents a significant discrepancy. Templates for team meeting notes are available in the Forms section of the Special Education Department’s Web site (File: IEP).
- Utah Special Education Rules 11.J.10. (Specific Learning Disabilities, pages 43-48)
- New Changes to SLD Eligibility in Utah, Essential Educator, Michael Herbert, UPDC and Kim Fratto, USOE
2. Upcoming Events: Please refer to the Special Education Department Professional Development page for more information regarding classes, registration and other class details.