Sunday, March 11, 2018

Special Education Report about HISD from AIR American Institutes for Research (AIR)

The AIR American Institutes for Research (AIR) report of HISD special education is accessible.


This report poses fundamental and even spiritual questions about how our community treats our most vulnerable children. 

Special education should not just be "integrated".  SPED should lead. 

Biology has diversity. Our kids are not McNuggets. SPED is the advanced course in educational theory and application.   If we fail SPED we are failing all children. 

And, I hope its translated to Spanish.

Offer feedback to your trustee or to Trustee at Large @annesung.

Dr. Rotenberg

Here is my summary of the report(my personal opinion, representing no one):  

For the most vulnerable of our children...

In a state that actively discourages identification and treatment of the approximately 15% of children with developmental disorders....

HISD has decent people, trying their best. 

But, HISD also:

  • Under-identifies children while not really communicating/ understanding the process for identification.
  • Places children without data ("sorting hat" vs data based approach?)
  • Inequitably deprives children of resources (e.g resource room).
  • Pokes the "I" out of the IEP.
  • Supports no accountability.
  • Does not adequately communicate.
  • Does not adequately train.
  • Suffers instructional / outcomes failure for SPED.
  • Has no idea a) what happens in transition or after graduation nor attends to this on its report.

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