Wednesday, October 28, 2015

New $225,000 report on Frederick County special education draws criticism

A consultant has recommended changes to Frederick County’s special education program, but the findings and methodology have drawn criticism from some school board members and parents.
Frederick County Public Schools administrators have stressed that changes to special education will take years to fully develop. Parents and other FCPS staff can help alter the recommendations to fit the school district’s vision, administrators said.
The board voted in February to set aside $225,000 for three years of work with the consultant, the District Management Council....

 ...DMC did not respond to five requests for comment for this story...

...About 90 percent of Frederick County Public Schools’ general education students passed state reading assessments in both 2010 and 2014, according to the DMC report. About 70 percent of special education students passed in 2010 and 60 percent in 2014. Superintendent Terry Alban has said she expects PARCC scores to come in low, too, for both general and special education students when they’re released, starting in October...

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