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NORTH SHORE IN-DISTRICT SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS OPTIONS:

Descriptions of the special education program options at North Shore are listed below. When seeking to understand these options, it is important to first understand that, strictly speaking, New York State Education Department (NYSED) limits what is technically considered a special education Program. NYSED allows only the following six program options to be written in the Programs section of a student’s IEP: Integrated co-teaching services, Consultant teacher services, Resource room program, Special class, Travel training, and Adapted physical education. Additionally, NYSED allows the IEP of a student to include a Local Program name to be indicated in parentheses immediately following the Program name on the IEP. So, for example, the Program name, “Special Class (Skills),” is allowable. North Shore School district fully complies with all of these requirements. However, North Shore’s unique continuum of services includes a variety of “program” options that contain various component parts that, together, form the North Shore program. This is best explained using the following example: The Integrated Co-Teaching Program at the elementary level (grades K through 5) contains three basic component parts. These are: (1) “Integrated co-teaching services” listed in the Programs section of the IEP; (2) “Special Class (Skills)” also listed in the Programs section of the IEP; and (3) “Teaching Assistant” listed in the Supplementary Aids and Services section of the IEP. These three component parts, each listed separately on the IEP, comprise the Integrated Co-Teaching program. Additionally, North Shore’s in-district special education program options may include a related services (e.g. speech-language therapy, occupational therapy), program modifications (e.g. preferential seating), and testing accommodations (e.g. extended time limits). The North Shore in-district “program” options are described below. These program options provide students with a learning situation in which teachers and other special education service providers can offer a high level of individualized instruction.

Resource Room (Elementary, Grades K – 5) Provided on a Daily Basis:


Program Components:

1. Programs Section of IEP: “Resource room program.”
2. Related Services, if applicable.
3. Program Modifications (e.g. preferential seating), if appropriate.
4. Testing Accommodations (e.g. extended time limits), if appropriate.

This program is provided on a daily basis for a total of 180 minutes per week at a staffing ratio of 5:1 (i.e. a maximum of five students to one teacher). Teachers provide students with the assistance they require to benefit from regular education instruction and assist students in meeting their IEP annual goals.

Resource Room (Elementary, Grades K – 5) Provided on an Alternate-Day Basis:

Program Components:

1. Related Services Section of IEP: “Specialized Instructional Services.”
2. Related Services, if applicable.
3. Program Modifications (e.g. preferential seating), if appropriate.
4. Testing Accommodations (e.g. extended time limits), if appropriate.

This program option is provided on an alternate-day basis for an average total of 90 minutes per week at a staffing ratio of 5:1 (i.e. a maximum of five students to one teacher). Teachers provide students with the assistance they require to benefit from regular education instruction and assist students at meeting their IEP annual goals. Students receiving this program option may be grouped with students who require daily resource room as described above. This service is provided in the form of direct pull-out special education support on alternate days. The IEPs of students who are recommended for this level of support often include the provision of Related Services, Program Modifications, Testing Accommodations, and other Supplementary Aides and Services.

Integrated Co-Teaching (Elementary, Grades K – 5):

Program Components:

1. Programs Section of IEP: “Integrated co-teaching services.”
2. Programs Section of IEP: “Special Class (Skills).”
3. Supplementary Aides and Services Section: “Teaching Assistant.”
4. Related Services, if applicable.
5. Program Modifications (e.g. preferential seating), if appropriate.
6. Testing Accommodations (e.g. extended time limits), if appropriate.

This program provides three main components: the support of a special education teacher who co-teaches with a regular education teacher within the regular classroom for a total of two hours daily; a daily 30-minute skills class taught by the special education teacher; and a teaching assistant who provides direct support within the regular education classroom when the special education teacher is not in the classroom.

Individualized Learning Class (“ILC”) (Elementary, Grades K – 5, Glenwood Landing):

Program Components:

1. Programs Section of IEP: “Special Class (ILC)”
2. Related Services, if appropriate.
3. Program Modifications (e.g. preferential seating).
4. Testing Accommodations (e.g. extended time limits) or New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for Students with Severe Disabilities.

This program provides a full-day special education learning environment at a staffing ratio of 15:1 (i.e. a maximum of 15 students to one special education teacher) and a classroom teaching assistant--though students in this program may benefit from spending part of the school day within a regular education classroom. Some students who attend the ILC program are assessed with regular New York State examinations, while others may be assessed with the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for Students with Severe Disabilities.

Resource Room (Secondary, Grades 6 – 12) Provided on a Daily Basis:

Program Components:

1. Programs Section of IEP: “Resource room program.”
2. Related Services, if appropriate.
3. Program Modifications (e.g. preferential seating), if appropriate.
4. Testing Accommodations (e.g. extended time limits), if appropriate.

This program provides instructional support on a daily basis for a total of 40 minutes per day at a staffing ratio of 5:1 (i.e. a maximum of five students to one teacher). Resource room teachers provide students with the instruction they require to benefit from regular education and assist them in meeting their IEP annual goals. This program occupies a period in a student’s academic schedule.

Resource Room (Secondary, Grades 6 – 12) Provided on an Alternate-Day Basis:

Program Components:

1. Related Services Section of IEP: “Specialized Instructional Services.”
2. Related Services, if applicable.
3. Program Modifications (e.g. preferential seating), if appropriate.
4. Testing Accommodations (e.g. extended time limits), if appropriate.

This program provides instructional support on an alternate-day basis for a total of 40 minutes at a staffing ratio of 5:1 (i.e. a maximum of five students to one teacher). Resource room teachers provide students with the instruction they require to benefit from regular education and assist them in meeting their IEP annual goals. This program occupies a period in a student’s academic schedule.

Integrated Co-Teaching (Secondary, Grades 6 – 11):

Program Components:

1. Programs Section of IEP: “Integrated co-teaching services.”
2. Programs Section of IEP: “Special Class (Skills).”
3. Related Services, if applicable.
4. Program Modifications (e.g. preferential seating), if appropriate.
5. Testing Accommodations (e.g. extended time limits), if appropriate.

This program provides two main program components: the support of a special education teacher who co-teaches with a regular education teacher within the regular classroom in the areas of Mathematics, Science, English, and Social Studies and a daily skills class taught by the special education teacher. The Special Class (Skills) component is provided at a staffing ratio not to exceed 15 students and one teacher. The Skills class occupies a period in the student's schedule.

Life Skills Program (Elementary, Grades 1 – 5 and Secondary, Grades 6 – 12, or age 21):

Program Components (Secondary):

1. Programs Section of IEP: “Special Class (Functional Academics/Activities of Daily Living)”
2. Supplementary Aides and Services Section of IEP: “Aide (1:1)”
3. Related Services.
4. Extensive participation in the regular education program in “non-academic” subject areas.
5. Program Modifications (e.g. preferential seating).
6. New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) for Students with Severe Disabilities.

Secondary: The Life Skills program at the secondary level is intended to meet the needs of some students who are assessed with the New York State Alternate Assessment for Students (NYSAA) for Students with Severe Disabilities. As listed above, this program provides two main components: Special Class (Life Skills) at a staffing ratio of 12:1 for a part of the school day and a 1:1 aide who accompanies the student throughout the school day. Students in this program option typically receive related services (e.g. speech-language therapy), attend regular, non-academic classes (e.g. art, music) for a significant part of the school day, and vocational and recreational activities within the community. Students who successfully complete this program will be awarded a Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential.

Elementary: At the elementary level, a program may be devised to meet the needs of severely disabled students using some combination of Consultant Teacher Services, Special Class (Life Skills), teaching assistant, teacher aide, regular class programming, and related services (such as speech-language therapy, occupational therapy).

Related Services Only (Elementary and Secondary, Grades K – 12):

Program Components:

1. Related Services (e.g. speech-language therapy, counseling, occupational therapy)
2. Program Modifications (e.g. preferential seating), if appropriate.
3. Testing Accommodations (e.g. extended time limits), if appropriate.

This option provides disabled students with one or more related services in the absence of a special education “program.” Related services are provided in order to help a student to benefit from instruction and are “related” to instruction as opposed to being direct instruction in academic subjects. Examples of related services are speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, and counseling.

Transitional Support Services (Elementary and Secondary, Grades K – 12):

Program Components:

1. Related Services Section of IEP: “Transitional Support Services.”
2. Program Modifications (e.g. preferential seating), if appropriate.
3. Testing Accommodations (e.g. extended time limits), if appropriate.

Transitional Support Services at North Shore are typically provided to students who have made such significant progress that they no longer continue to require direct special education support and are therefore expected to be declassified from special education. Such students remain as classified students for an additional year and typically receive periodic (quarterly) indirect consultation sessions provided by a special education teacher or related service provider. Students receiving this level of IEP support typically continue to receive their program modifications and testing accommodations, during their “transition year.” This program option is intended to help the student make a successful transition to the regular education program. Alternately, a student may be declassified and then receive “Declassification Support Services” for a single year as a non-classified student. This is contrasted with Transitional Support Services, in which students retain status as a classified student and then are typically declassified at the end of their transition year.

NORTH SHORE OUT-OF-DISTRICT SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS OPTIONS:

When the Committee on Special Education (CSE) determines that the needs of a special education student cannot be met within the regular school building due to the nature of their disability, then the CSE may recommend an out-of-district program option.

Out-of-District Program Options:

  • Home/Hospital Instruction
  • Residential School
  • Instructional Component of Day Treatment or Substance Abuse Program
  • State-Approved Private School
  • Nassau BOCES Program in a Segregated Setting
  • Nassau BOCES Program in an Integrated (Public School) Setting

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