Title I is a federal program that provides funding to enhance student achievement and growth. Funding is based on the number of enrolled students that are considered economically disadvantaged. Students who qualify for Title I services have not been identified with a learning disability. They are receiving intervention to master the state’s standards for reading/language arts and mathematics.
Secondary Transition is an educational planning process for students with a disability. The student’s education team meets on a regular basis to develop a plan to guide the students’ high school years to help prepare the student for adult life. Reading Community City Schools is committed to preparing our students with disabilities for life after graduating from Reading High School. While the student is the focus of the planning process, parents are an integral part of the team.
Secondary Transition planning begins at the age of 14, or earlier, depending on students’ individualized goals and what needs to happen for that student to prepare for life after high school. This process continues through the high school years as students begin to narrow their choices for next steps and hone in on a career choice.
Other agencies are included in the planning process as needed. Below are links to many agencies that provide information and support in Secondary Transition.
Reading High School Intervention Specialist, Candy Colangelo, developed a website for Secondary Transition planning. The website includes a wealth of information for intervention specialists, assessment tools for gathering information, and resources for families. The webpage can be accessed from this link: Secondary Transition Planning for Students with Disabilities.
Reading also contracts with HCESC for a Transition/Work Study Coordinator. Maggie Tapia consults with the staff, provides community work experiences for our students, and supports the Secondary Transition process as early as 14 years of age.
Rebecca Johnson - Director of Student Services
Candy Colangelo - RHS Intervention Specialist
Maggie Tapia - Transition/Work Study Coordinator
English Language services are designed to help English Learners attain English language proficiency as quickly as possible so that he or she can participate effectively in classrooms in which English is the language of instruction. English Learners will also learn to navigate the cultural and social expectations of the educational system in the United States.
The goals of the ESL program are:
- To identify all students in the district whose home or native language is not English
- To assess any potential English Learner in listening, speaking, reading, and writing to determine the need for services to effectively participate in the district’s educational program
- To provide effective instruction through services so that the student is able to fully participate in the district’s educational program
The goals for each student receiving services as put forth in the State ELP Standard (English Language Proficiency Standards – ELPA):
- To use English to communicate in social settings
- To use English to achieve academically in all content areas
- To use English in socially and culturally appropriate ways Awareness and acceptance of culturally diverse students will be encouraged in the program.
Students from other countries are screened upon enrollment in the Reading Community City Schools. Students eligible for language services are provided support from a tutor. Services are provided in a small group or individually, based on the student’s needs. The tutor also collaborates with the regular education teacher, provides resources to the teaching staff, and services as a liaison between the parents and the school.
Below are the EL tutors:
For more information refer to the link below:
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Public Law No. 94-142 (IDEA), is legislation that ensures students with a disability are provided a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that is tailored to their individual needs. The goal of IDEA is to provide children with disabilities the same opportunity for education as those students who do not have a disability.
Reading Community City Schools offers a continuum of services to students with a disability. Students are instructed in the educational setting that best meets their needs and in the least restrictive environment. Special education supports and services are implemented based on the needs identified in the Evaluation Team Report (ETR) and the goals, objectives, and specially designed instruction outlined in the student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
For preschoolers with special needs Reading offers a continuum of services. Reading has a regular education full-day preschool and a half-day integrated preschool program. The integrated preschool program has 50% regular education students and 50% preschoolers with a disability. The integrated preschool classroom is taught by a teacher that has dual certification (regular education teaching license and a PreK-3 intervention specialist license). Preschool students can also receive itinerant services if already enrolled in a community preschool or daycare. Preschoolers with significant needs that cannot be met in the integrated preschool classroom students are placed in the HCESC developmental classroom housed in Deer Park.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act is a federal anti-discrimination law intended to create a level playing field in regular education. Section 504 covers qualified students with disabilities who attend schools receiving Federal financial assistance. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:
- Have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
- Have a record of such an impairment; or
- Be regarded as having such an impairment
Section 504 requires that school districts provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to qualified students in their jurisdictions who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (Office of Civil Rights). Section 504 was not created to give an unfair advantage. Accommodations must apply only to the named impairment.
What is a “Major Life Activity?” Major life activities include caring for one’s self, performing a manual task, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, working, and learning.
What is a “Record” of Impairment? A record of impairment may include a history of an impairment and/or a diagnosis of assessment of an impairment.
When is an Individual “Regarded” as having such an Impairment? When the district’s perception of, response to, reaction or attitude toward the student results in treating the student as having an impairment, then the student will be considered disabled and protected under Section 504.