Crown Point Central School is committed to making sure all students receive a quality education that complies with FAPE (free, appropriate public education) regulations. Within this framework, the Special Education Department provides specially designed instruction, services and programs to help meet the unique needs of students with disabilities.
Determining Special Education placement
All special education placements are determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) and the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).
These committees, in conjunction with parents and teachers, help develop Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for each school-age or preschool-age student with a disability on an annual basis.
The IEPs include information about the unique learning needs of each student, such as learning rate, levels of social and physical development, and the students’ management needs. The document also includes annual goals and short-term objectives in each area of need. The IEP will serve as a curriculum plan of action and a source of evaluation for the student’s progress during an entire school year.
Special Education Referrals
A referral to the Committee on Special Education is one of the final steps in the process of providing services to a student in need of academic support. Initiating a referral to the CSE means that there is evidence to support the belief that the student may have a disability, as defined by education law, which cannot be addressed outside of special education. Recent education law has determined that general education interventions must be conducted in the areas of reading or math prior to a referral to the Committee on Special Education for students struggling in these areas. Known as RTI, or Response to Intervention, this scientific, research-based instruction includes a process for screening, creating targeted interventions, and progress monitoring. Students may be referred to the CSE by the RTI Team when data shows that they have not made satisfactory progress in their levels of performance and/or in their rate of learning to meet age or grade level standards.
If you have any questions, please contact Tieah Gunnison, Chairperson, at 597-3285 x6. My office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:10 – 3:05.