In order to achieve the province’s goals of education some students will require special education services.
Assessments help educators and parents determine a student’s needs.
School-based Assessment includes:
District Assessments include:
The district employs a collaborative, consultative format in which teachers, parents and support staff jointly plan programs for students. Currently, consultation services are provided for:
The District Psychologists provide psychological services and consultation for students, parents and teachers in order to address learning, behaviour and emotional concerns. The District Psychologists provide psycho-educational assessments as part of the process in addressing these concerns.
Once a student is identified as meeting the criteria for special needs, teachers, parents and other caregivers come together to develop an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) An I.E.P. outlines what parents, students, and others can expect regarding a specific student’s educational program. An I.E.P. contains:
- Goals: what we want to accomplish.
- Objectives: steps along the way to the goals.
- Methods: how we will get results.
- Evaluation: how will we know that we achieved the goals?
Classroom Teachers, Learning Support Teachers and Principals may be able to provide solutions to most problems, without the need for further referral. When problems are more complex, the school based team may suggest a referral to Student Services.