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Marietta City Schools

Department of Special
Services

Overview, 2002

An overview of current services
available for disabled students in
Marietta City

Which Way Do We Go?

Regular needs assessments help DSS plan ways to be
more effective delivering services. Regular activities
are:


Survey preschools and daycares and the parents of
disabled preschool children


Regular meetings with staff to discuss needs and
concerns


A parent survey is distributed at our annual Parents’
Night


During the 2001
-
2002 school year, DSS staff met
with all school councils to discuss the special
education program in each building and to determine
local building needs and concerns

Directions….

Determining student
needs results in
informed decision
making and in the better
use of resources.

Over the next few minutes
we will examine
different facets of
Marietta’s program for
disabled children
including:


Exemplary Services
and Programs


Staff Development


Technology


Local Support


Staff Use


Outcomes

A Full Range of Services…


Resource rooms in
every school


Elementary self
-
contained MID and SLD
programs in two
“center” schools


Other elementary self
-
contained programs
distributed among the
schools


Community
-
based
instruction


Preschool services in
Head Start facility,
community based and
in one elementary
school


Team
-
taught classes at
MS and HS level in core
courses


Departmental model
employed


Inclusion


And….


OT and PT services


Aide for OT services


Adapted PE


Adapted art and music


Inclusion aides


Dedicated educational
screeners


Technology
resources

assistive,
instructional and
administrative



Marietta City Schools is
small enough that the
system can more easily
work with parents and
staff to find reasonable
and creative solutions
to meet student needs.
Some exemplary
programs we are
particularly proud of are
detailed next

Behavioral Change


Boys’ Town Behavior Model
Implemented at Middle School and
High School with focus on social
skills development


Goal: Train all EBD SC teachers
in the model, grades K
-
12, and
implement across all grades


Outcome: Reduction in students
going to discipline tribunals;
increased instruction, improved
attendance


Project Success


Student achievement is
our ultimate goal.
Project Success at
Marietta High School
provides students with
opportunities to learn
job skills in the
community in a variety
of job locations to
prepare them for
transition to the world of
work.

Support for Transition

PAES: The Practical
Assessment
Exploration System,
a comprehensive
curriculum for career
development, has
been implemented
at Marietta High
School this year.

Mathematics Instruction


Saxon
Mathematics

adopted by DSS for
a systematic
approach to
mathematics
instruction before
the system adopted
it.


Smart Math

a
computer based
interactive math
program for middle
and high school
students was
implemented this
school year.


Reading


SRA Reading Lab program is used to
provide a structured, sequential
program for students with reading
difficulties.

Mmmm…Gallia
est omnis divisa
in partes tres . . . .


Alternate Facility Based
Program (AFBP)


Used as an
alternate to
suspension,
students receive 3
or more hours of
instruction per week.


Used an alternative
placement, students
are served for 10
hours per week in
the early evening.
This is accessed
through the IEP.

We keep ‘em in
order!!

Staff Development


Marietta provides
numerous
opportunities for
staff development in
and out of system to
meet the needs of
students and staff.

The head
bone is
connected
….

Sample Staff Development
Programs, 2001 to Present


Legal Issues for Special
Education


Legal Issues for
Counselors


ESOL Issues for SST


DSS Team
-
Building
Retreat


Best Practices

Speech


Boys’ Town Model


And More…..


IEP Filer Training


New Teacher
Orientation


Autism

ADHD

Bipolar


Restraint Training


Exceptional Child
Course


SRA


Smart Math


PAES

Technology: A Major
Emphasis for Marietta

It has a 40
gigabyte
hard drive,
whatever
that is
….


Computer Availability


Marietta City provides a
laptop or a desk top
computer for every
certified teacher and
staff member. There is
approximately one
computer for every 2.5
students in Marietta.
Special needs classes
are included in resource
allocation.


Special education
teachers make
extensive use of
available resources for
planning and
instruction. Students
use computer labs and
classroom computers
for both special and
general curriculum
needs.

DSS Internal Web Site for
Manuals and Forms

Including the Procedures
Manual

And…


The Student Support
Team Manual


SST forms


Most special education
forms


The Spanish version is
available for most of our
forms





The Manual for IEP
Filer, Marietta’s IEP
program


MCS plans to expand
on
-
line resources to
include the goals and
objectives bank and
other appropriate
materials

Computerized IEP Program

IEP Filer



Systematic, step
-
by
-
step approach to the
IEP process.


Includes word
processor capability.


Includes a Help function
for the program AND for
due process and
procedures.


Updated as needed.


Files may be emailed.


Includes common
forms.


Includes eligibility
forms.


Goals and objectives
bank completed.


Goals and objectives
are correlated to the
QCC.

IEP Filer includes

Control over
what is printed

Word Processor

Button to
access
Procedural
Help

On
-
screen
reminders

FILE MAGIC


Records are stored both in hard copy
and electronically. IEPs may be
scanned into FILE MAGIC or may be
imported electronically. Over 10,000
inactive student files are stored
electronically; 1,100 active student files
are stored electronically and in hard
copy.

Selected staff can access and review
student files on line at their desks. . .


Changes. . .



Marietta’s population
has changed
dramatically in just the
past few years, with a
large and growing
immigrant community in
the city. This has led to
new demands on
special education.
Marietta also has a high
incidence of poverty,
with 56% of students
eligible for free or
reduced meals. Over
60% of dwellings are
multifamily and/or
rental.

A Response to Change. . .


Because of the extent
of change and the
pervasiveness of the
culture of poverty in the
community, Marietta
has undertaken a
system
-
wide initiative to
improve staff
understanding of the
students and to give
them additional
instructional strategies.


The vehicle for this
initiative will be Dr.
Ruby Payne’s nationally
recognized “Framework
for Understanding
Poverty.” All staff,
including DSS and
special education
teachers, will participate
in this program.

Excellent Local Support for
Special Education


Special education staff
and students included
in system technology
initiatives


General curriculum
textbooks are provided
as needed for special
populations out of
general funds



Marietta budgets $600
per teacher for
instructional materials


$139 per teacher in
local money is
budgeted for centralized
materials purchases


Special educators are
included in the textbook
adoption process


More Local Support. . . .


Local funding for 2 full
-
time educational
screeners and for aides
to screen at MS and HS
levels


Local funding for extra
psychologists (3 full
-
time, one 4/5 time)


The system has an
Assistant
Superintendent who sits
on the Superintendent’s
Cabinet


Extra staff to support
Marietta Key preschool
program


Local funding for extra
school social work staff


Facilities


Local Staff Use Practices


Marietta uses staff in
creative ways to
improve services to
children


Psychologists are due
process case managers
who follow a child from
SST to placement and
beyond


SSTs and psychologists
meet quarterly


For THIS… a PhD?

And….


Staff is hired to conduct annual
summer file reviews


Regular special education
leadership meetings


General and special education
cooperation in discipline


Multi
-
faceted “Intervene” team
for crisis situations in the
schools


Superior Outcomes


Special education students graduating with a
regular diploma (62%)


Successful transition to employment and
post
-
secondary education for special
education students well above state rates


Lower rate of suspension/expulsion for
special education students than for regular
education students


Superior Outcomes


Higher rate of “Highly Qualified Personnel”
(68%) than the state (55%)


Only 4% of special education students
participated in alternate assessments


Marietta posted better performance than the
state as a whole in 5 of 10 areas included in
the System Profile


Major reduction in the number of special
education students going to tribunal or
requiring a discipline review


Data Analysis and Student
Achievement



Newly available
disaggregated data has
enabled us to monitor
student growth in ways
we could not just a few
years ago. Staff is
concerned with
advancing student
achievement in the
general curriculum.


CRCT Test Data Shows
Improvement


The 2000 cohort of 4
th

graders
increased the percent of students
meeting standards in reading in the 6
th

grade in 2002.


The 2000 cohort of 6
th

graders
increased the percent of students
meeting standards in reading, English
and math in the 8
th

grade in 2002.

GHSGT/GHSWT


2002 GHSGT results show a marked
improvement in performance on the content
area tests in all areas over 2001, with the
percent of students passing reading rising
from 70% to 85%, math from 39% to 72%,
social studies 34% to 68%, and science from
17% to 40%.


The 2001 GHSWT pass rate for first time
special program test takers increased from
69% in 2000 to 80% in 2001.



In Conclusion


Welcome to Marietta City Schools and
to the Department of Special Services.
Count on us to do every thing possible
to facilitate your task and to make your
visit profitable and enjoyable.