What is Special Education?

The Resource Room
What is special education?
Special education means specially designed instruction, services or programs, provided at no cost to the parent, to meet unique needs of students with disabilities. Special education may include specially designed instruction or supplementary instruction and services provided in the general education class, help from a consultant teacher, resource room programs, special classes, home and/or hospital instruction or programs and services provided in other public or private schools.

How are students identified?
A referral for special education services is initiated by a parent; teacher or other professional who believes a student may have a disability that adversely affects education performance. Parents are involved in the development of an evaluation plan for the child. An educational evaluation or an assessment of the student is conducted using a variety of tests and techniques, to determine whether a student has a disability and needs special education services.

What is an individualized education program (IEP)?
If the student is eligible for special education, the team including the parent develops an individualized education program (IEP), a written plan which includes the programs and services to meet the unique educational needs of the child. At least annually, the team must review, and revise where appropriate, each student's IEP. At least once every three years, the team must re-evaluate the student to determine if the student continues to have disability and continues to need special education.

The Chisholm School district is part of the Northland Special Education Coop. You will find a direct link to the NSEC on my webpage.

Contact: Kim Jordan