Support Services for Special Populations
This section of Equity Review Process addresses equity issues related to supplemental services offered for students with unique needs in the district. These students include English language learners, students with disabilities, homeless students, students who are pregnant or have children, and other students that may be deemed at-risk of failing or dropping out of school.
The process requirements include:
- Services for English Language Learners (English Language Learning Program) – An English language learner is defined as a student whose primary language is not English AND his/her proficiency in English is such that the probability of the student’s academic success in an English-only classroom is below that of an academically successful peer with English language background.
- Services to Students with Disabilities (Special Needs and Exceptional Education Program) – Both federal and state laws require that certain processes be put into place for students with disabilities. Services to students with disabilities are to be provided in the least restrictive environment that will meet their needs. Board Policy 602.11 and Administrative Regulation 602.11A
- Gifted and Talented Education Program (Talented and Gifted Program) – Districts are required by state standards to have a program to meet the needs of gifted and talented students. The program must include the following: a valid and systemic procedure for identification, a qualitatively differentiated program to meet cognitive and affective needs, support services including materials and staff, and a procedure for annual review and evaluation. Board Policy 602.05 and Administrative Regulation 602.05A
- Education of Homeless Children and Youth – Board Policy 501.06
- At-Risk Students – Board Policy 602.22
- Student Marital or Parental Status and Health Services – Board Policy 501.09