Students with Disabilities Evaluation
ACPS has commissioned an evaluation of the services it provides to students with disabilities (SWD).
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.
Information from the report will be used to chart a purposeful course over the next three years for realizing success for students with disabilities and ensuring that every student succeeds.
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, 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 Request for Proposals (RFP) process to the ongoing work of developing an action plan in response to the findings of the report.
Evaluation work began during the summer of 2017 in collaboration with a competitively selected external evaluator, Public Consulting Group, Inc. (PCG). PCG will present the report findings at the October 25 School Board meeting. In the weeks that follow, ACPS will present the draft action plan crafted collaboratively by 36 stakeholders (teachers, school administrators, division administrators, and parent/Special Education Advisory Committee representative) in response to the report’s findings and recommendations.
October 25, 2018
Presentation to the School Board: Findings of the Students with Disabilities Evaluation
Watch the presentation to the School Board on October 25, 2018