Hazlet Township Public Schools

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DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW
 
The Special Services Department offers a continuum of special education classes, related services, supplementary aids and services.  The IEP Team develops a program of instruction for each classified student that meets his/her individual needs.  Resource centers provide replacement classes for academic subjects.  In-class support is a collaborative approach between the subject specialist and special education teacher in the regular education classroom.  Self-contained classes provide for greater structure and support creating the foundation for an individual student's program.
 
Replacement resource classes develop and reinforce NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards to the level that the student will be successful in regular education classes.
 
THE SPECIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT:
  • Serves the needs of approximately 600 students
  • Participates in all curricular and co-curricular activities and programs
SUPPLEMENTARY AIDS AND SERVICES:
  • Classroom Modifications
  • Instructional Assistants
  • In-Class Support
  • Pull-Out Replacement Resource Programs
  • Pull-Out Resource Academic Support
PARENT ADVISORY GROUP:
  • The special education parent advisory group meets several times a year at Raritan High School, Media Center to receive input  on issues concerning students with disabilities in the district.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY DETERMINATION

1. In determining whether a student is Eligible for Special Education and Related Services, under the category of Specific Learning Disability, the Hazlet Township Public School District utilizes a statistical formula and criteria for determining severe discrepancy between a student's current achievement and intellectual ability (such as, a 1.5 to 2.0 standard deviation discrepancy, through the predicted simple-difference method or regression analysis) in one or more of the following areas: basic reading skills, reading comprehension, oral expression, listening comprehension, mathematical computation, mathematical problem solving, written expression and reading fluency. The evaluation shall include assessment of current academic achievement and intellectual ability (N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.5(c) 12i)

2. A Specific Learning Disability may also be determined by utilizing a response to scientifically based interventions methodology as described in N.J.A.C. 6a:14-3.4(h)6.(N.J.A.C.6A:14-3.5(c)12ii)

3. As part of an initial evaluation (if appropriate) and as part of any reevaluation under this section, the IEP Team and other qualified professionals, as appropriate, shall –

(A) review existing evaluation data on the child, including –

(i) evaluations and information provided by the parents of the child;

(ii) current classroom-based, local, or State assessments, and classroom-based observations; and

(iii) observations by teachers and related services providers

N.J.A.C. 6A:14 Appendix A 20U.S.C.§ 1414(c)(1).

Course Offerings

SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM OFFERINGS AT HAZLET TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

IN-CLASS SUPPORT

The In-Class Support model of instruction provides collaborative teams where the special education teacher and content area teacher work together to help students achieve success within this environment. All students are expected to meet regular education curricular requirements with modifications to the instructional strategies and/or testing procedures. This program is designed to provide support to special education students placed in mainstream classes.

RESOURCE CENTER PROGRAM

Resource Center Programs are offered to classified students who experience difficulty with the academic level and pace of instruction in the core academic subjects. Small group instruction is provided by certified teachers who provide modified instruction in the regular curriculum at a pace that allows for greater benefit and remediation of weaknesses. Efforts are made to transition students into the regular education program as appropriate.

LLD PROGRAM

The LLD Program is designed for students requiring greater academic support than that offered in Resource classes. Instruction is offered in Mathematics, science, social studies, English, reading and vocational skills. Students in grades 11 and 12 may elect to sample different jobs arranged through our STEP Program (Supported Transitional Employment Program) and receive job coaching to prepare for the world of work after high school. Another option for students is to attend Monmouth County’s Vocational programs part time. Students may take mainstream electives as indicated on their

Individualized Educational Program (IEP). Academic subjects are taught using a modified curriculum guide. The program offers an after school recreation program and the extended school year, per the student’s IEP. Techniques to encourage social skills are an integral part of the program.

The Special Services Department is committed to its responsibility to deliver quality instruction to students with disabilities as outlined by the goals and objectives in the students' IEP's.
Last Modified on November 16, 2011
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