Special Education Procedures

The Rome City School District offers a broad spectrum of special education services.  Listed below are services determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) that help focus on individual needs.

Academic Intervention Services (AIS)

Academic Intervention Services are services designed to help students achieve the state learning standards. New York State requires school districts to provide academic intervention services to students who score below the State designated performance level and/or who are at risk of not achieving the State learning standards. 

AIS services are designed to help students achieve the standards in English language arts and mathematics in grades K-12 and social studies and science in grades 4-12. AIS includes additional instruction that supplements the general curriculum (regular classroom instruction); and/or student support services needed to address barriers to improved academic performance. 

Academic intervention services are not required in standards areas where there are no State assessments. They are only required in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. 

Student support services mean interventions that address barriers to student progress in State learning standards areas requiring AIS and may include school guidance, counseling, services to improve attendance, coordination of services provided by other agencies and study skills. Support services do not include direct academic instruction. 

Academic intervention services must be provided to students with disabilities on the same basis as non-disabled students. AIS are provided in addition to, and must not supplant special education services, and should not be indicated on the individualized educational plan (IEP). Student’s needs for AIS are determined by a multitude of factors. The building AIS team (or child-study team) meets to discuss a child’s needs and plan services. Parents can contact the building principal to inquire about specific services offered.

Committee on Special Education (CSE)

Each Board of Education in the State of New York must appoint a Committee on Special Education. The district must locate and identify all children from birth to age 21 who reside in the district. The purpose of the Committee on Special Education is to determine whether a child has a disability that impairs or affects his/her learning; to ascertain the particular needs of the child with disabilities; and to recommend the appropriate educational program and/or services to meet those needs. The CSE is an interdisciplinary team composed of district staff and other required members. If you wish to refer a student, please notify his/her teacher and/or principal. Academic Intervention Services are the first step in this process.

Evaluations

An evaluation helps to determine if special education services or programs are needed. An evaluation includes various tests and assessments to determine what your child’s learning difficulties may be. An initial evaluation must include:

• A physical examination

• A psychological evaluation

• A social history

• Observation of your child in his or her current education setting

• Other tests or assessments that are appropriate for your child (such as speech and language assessment or a functional behavioral assessment)

• Vocational assessments (required at age 12)

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