Special Ed Information

District No. 118 Special Education Information



Problem Solving Team Process (PSTP)

The Problem Solving Team Process is operational in each building. The team takes the lead in collecting, analyzing, and utilizing data which guides academic and behaviorial decision making. Teams meet on a regular basis to disaggregate data. Decisions are made about the school, grade levels, classrooms, groups of students and individual students. Parents will be invited to attend an Individual Problem Solving Meeting if their student is being discussed individually.


Parents Procedural Safeguards

Parents Procedural Safeguards include a full explanation of all the rights available to parents when special education procedures are begun. These rights are given to parents upon Initial Referral, along with each Notification of Conference, with each request for Reevaluation and upon receipt of a request for due process.

Procedural Safeguards (pdf file) - English
Procedural Safeguards (pdf file) - Spanish
Least Restrictive Environment Policy (pdf file) - English
Least Restrictive Environment Policy (pdf file) - Spanish


Referral Process

When an Initial Referral is made, the Team will determine if the referral is appropriate, decide what actions need to be taken and initiate the procedures.


Domain Meetings

At this meeting, the Team reviews any existing information about the student, determines any additional data needed and the sources of that data. The domains considered include: health, vision, hearing, social/emotional status, general intelligence, academic performance, communication status and motor abilities.


Eligibility Determination

At this meeting, the team interprets the evaluation data to determine if the student meets the criteria and is eligible for special education and related services.


Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

An IEP is a management tool that is developed to ensure that the student is provided services that are appropriate to his/her special needs. An IEP includes present levels of performance, annual goals and objectives, special education and related services, educational settings, initiation date and duration and modifications needed in the regular classroom and on testing.


Placement Determination

Determination of placement is made by the IEP Team and needs to provide the least restrictive environment for the student and to the maximum extent appropriate, permit the student to participate with children who are non disabled.

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