Board Matters: Reporting Back on Our Plan for Students with Disabilities

Last Thursday’s School Board meeting was focused almost entirely on the report from the evaluation conducted around our work with students with disabilities. For those of you who are interested in the findings of the report, this is a Board meeting you will want to watch.

Don’t forget that you can watch all Board meetings live from the comfort of your home on ACPS-TV, local cable channel 71, and both live and recorded on the ACPS website.

Students with Disabilities Evaluation Update

ACPS commissioned an evaluation of the services it provides to students with disabilities (SWD). The report and executive summary (PDF) are now available online.

The evaluation of services to students with disabilities was conducted to provide a comprehensive review of the current state of programs and services for students with disabilities and their families and to inform the division and relevant stakeholders in areas of strengths and opportunities for improvement. Key stakeholder groups have been represented throughout the process ranging from the development of the guiding research questions and the Request for Proposals (RFP) process to the ongoing work of developing an action plan in response to the findings of the report.

The SWD Evaluation Report provides ACPS with critical insights into areas of ACPS programming and services for students with disabilities.

The report finds that “ACPS has a solid foundation on which to build;” however, without “… focus, a strong vision from the superintendent and enacted by the senior leadership staff, an appropriate allocation of resources, mandated professional development, and clear, non-negotiable, accountability measures…” the division’s services for students with disabilities will stagnate.

View the PowerPoint from the presentation of the Students with Disabilities Evaluation Update

Watch the presentation.

Look out for opportunities to give feedback around the next steps via a survey and upcoming feedback sessions on November 13 and 14 across the division.

PLEASE NOTE: This PowerPoint and presentation to the School Board will be posted in Arabic, Amharic and Spanish on the ACPS website on or before November 2. This will allow time for review prior to the start of the feedback sessions.

SAT Results

This week, the State released data for SAT results from tests taken in October 2017.

View the Board Brief (PDF).

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