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.
Students with Disabilities Evaluation Report (PDF)
Opportunity for Feedback
Public forums on the Draft Action Plan will held on Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 14, 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Both meetings will be held at ACPS Central Office, 1340 Braddock Place. Spanish, Arabic, and Amharic interpreters will be available. Free parking is available at the Metro Church parking lot.
Interpreters will also be available on November 28 and November 29 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in the ACPS Special Education Parent Resource Center at T.C. Williams Minnie Howard campus to assist parents who may require interpretation services to access the information in the draft action plan, or to submit comments online.
The final action plan is expected to be presented to the School Board at the December 20 meeting.