ISD 518 High School Special Education
The goal of the Special Education Department at the High School is to patiently motivate students, understand the students’ special needs, and accept the differences in all students. Our special education teachers use various techniques to promote learning for our students such as small-group instruction and providing appropriate accommodations for instruction. We work directly with the general education teachers to ensure our students reach success in all academic settings.
As students are educated at the High School, progress is continually monitored to ensure that the student is making progress. If a student is identified as being at risk for not meeting grade level standards, the Problem Solving Team implements research based interventions over a period 10-12 weeks. If the student does not make sufficient progress, a determination can be made to evaluate the student for special education services. The parent, along with the evaluation team provides input and the evaluation is completed within 30 calendar days. Minnesota special education criteria is reviewed to determine if the student is eligible for special education services. A student can qualify for special education services under any of the following disability categories:
Specific Learning Disability
Developmental Cognitive Delay
Other Health Disability
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Traumatic Brain Injury
Severely Multiply Impaired
An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed by the parents, general education and special education teachers, student, administration and other service professionals, if needed. The Individualized Education Plan is written to record present levels of performance, goals, services, accommodations and modifications, testing procedures and transition services and/or behavior support plans, if needed. This document is a legal document that ensures the student’s needs are appropriately met. The education plan is reviewed and updated at least once per year and an evaluation is conducted every three years as directed by Minnesota and federal law. A student can also receive related services in the areas of developmental adapted physical education, speech-language, occupational therapy, physical therapy and audiological services.
A student receiving special education services can also qualify for Extended School Year Services (ESY) during the summer months. A student is eligible for ESY if they show regression in skills over extended breaks, have difficulties with self-sufficiency and/or have unique needs. Data is taken by the special education teachers and submitted to the special education director for their approval for services. The time frame for extended school year services is based upon the student’s individual needs and does not correspond to the typical summer school programs. Special education teachers serve students through pull-out instruction, co-taught classes and small group sessions. Staff also provide accommodations and modifications for instruction and assessments to help students reach their potential. Staff work directly with general education teachers to ensure our students are making progress and being successful in the school setting. Parent involvement and input is key to ensuring that each student served in special education is successful and making progress academically, socially and behaviorally to prepare students for life beyond high school.
Procedural Safeguards, or Parent’s Rights information, for parents of students eligible for special education services are available here.
ISD 518 Special Programs
117 11th Ave. Worthington, MN 56187
Main Office: 507-372-2983
Director of Special Education
Special Education Assistant Director
SEAT Team Secretary