New Five-year Program For Schools Looking to Improve Scores
Special Education students to be placed among peers more often
Across the entire country, five states were chosen to receive technical assistance within $24.5 million for the initiative.
Mississippi, Maryland, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Vermont are all taking part in the program designed to improve education. Within Vermont, four school districts (Windham, Franklin, Grand Isle, and Southwest Vermont) are each having their their respective schools work with trainers.
The Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center, or SWIFT, is funded by the U.S Department of Education. Roy Stahley, WSESU Superintendent, stated that the schools within Windham have already been working to have their special needs students to spend more of their time in a basic classroom, with less emphasis on time outside of it, wherein one-on-one support is often rendered.
Regarding the study, the five-year plan will look at how schools implement plans with their students, followed by the University of Kansas staff that will work with specific teachers and administrators to improve the strategies that work.
"This is about inclusionary special ed. This supports the work we are doing anyway," Stahley said. "This should benefit us. We are in the process of doing more of this so why not get the technical assistance to support us."
Stahley stated that all the elementary and middle-school entities within the district are set to take part in the K-8 study.
The study is being led by the researchers from University of Kansas, who will track SWIFT for 10 years. Low income schools in California, Kansas City, Washington DC, and New Orleans, have all changed improved their testing scores, according to the University of Kansas.
"A visitor to these schools would see all students, including those with significant needs, in grade level classrooms and other school settings with their peers," said Amy McCart, University of Kansas associate research professor and SWIFT director of technical assistance.
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