Forest Hills Public Schools offers a continuum of special education programs and services including early childhood services, resource programs, categorical classrooms and post secondary transition services. Special education staff include: special education teachers, school psychologists, school social workers, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, teacher consultants, other related service providers and support staff. Our staff members provide instruction and support for our students with disabilities through the IEP process. Forest Hills Public Schools also collaborates with Kent Intermediate School District to provide educational options for our students.
Parent Advisors for Special Education (PASE)
The Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) has a parent advisory committee that provides input related to the improvement of special education services within Kent County. Each local school district has PASE members appointed by their local school board and the KISD Board, who serve three-year terms. Forest Hills PASE members assist our special education administrators in disseminating information and educational opportunities available to parents. The PASE members can provide information and support from a parent’s point of view.
Determination of a Specific Learning Disability
Forest Hills Public Schools uses the pattern of strengths and weaknesses model for the determination of a learning disability in the following areas:
- Basic Reading
- Reading Comprehension
- Reading Fluency
- Math Calculation
- Math Problem Solving
- Written Expression
- Listening Comprehension
- Oral Expression
A student may be found to demonstrate inadequate achievement is his/her performance on an individually administed achievement measure falls below the 9th percentile (national age based norms). Curriculum assessments, district assessments, grades, classroom observations and teacher feedback are other pieces of information that will be considered. Additionally, a student must demonstrate a specific pattern of strengths. A strength may be identified in any of the eight areas listed above if he/she scores above the 25th percentile (national age based norms).
- Students will not be eligible as learning disabled if their difficulties in academics are a function of English not being their primary language.
- Students will not be eligible as learning disabled if their difficulties in academics are a function of a failure to receive adequate instruction due to absences.
- Students will not be eligible as learning disabled if their underachievement is due to lack of appropriate instruction to state approved grade level expectations.
In making determination as to whether a student has or continues to have a specific learning disability, Forest Hills Public Schools complies with all applicable federal regulation and state rules, including those addressing comprehensive evaluations, determination of the existence of a specific learning disability, observation of academic performance and behavior in the areas of difficulty, specific documentation for SLD and reevaluation requirements.