Special Education Department
Paula Norton, Supervisor
Ruth Ann Osborne, Administrative Assistant
Johnson County School System is committed to providing special education services and related services in the least restrictive environment for all children in our district between the ages of three and twenty-one who have disabilities which impact learning.
Prior to referral for special education evaluation, we employ a variety of strategies to meet the unique educational needs of all students. The new statewide Response to Instruction and Intervention Initiative is being implemented in grades K-12. Students who are identified during Universal Screening will receive specific and intensive interventions based on their skill needs in reading and math. If a student does not make sufficient progress after receiving the third tier of intervention, the Student Support Team, which includes the child’s parents, will meet to review data and work samples to determine if a special education evaluation is appropriate.
A special education referral can be made at any time during the tiered intervention process if there is evidence to support that a student might have a handicap other than Specific Learning Disabilities such as an emotional disturbance, intellectual disability or a sensory loss in vision or hearing. If a parent referral is made, an evaluation is completed.
When children are found eligible for special services, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed by an IEP team, which includes the child’s parents, specifying the services to be provided. A specialized staff implements the education plans. All special education staff employed by Johnson County Schools meet or exceed the federal Highly Qualified requirements.
We start with the premise that the general education classroom is the first consideration for all students. Programs and services range on a continuum from general education inclusion with consultative support, general education inclusion with special education staff support, pull-out resource services by special education staff, special high school courses taught by special education teachers, Comprehensive Development Classrooms (CDC), and any combinations of these to appropriately meet the needs of a student.
For more information, contact Paula Norton at 727-2640 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- CIVIL RIGHTS GRANTED BY SECTION 504 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT OF 1973
- Special Education Referral Procedures Table of Contents
- Form 1. Student Support and Interventions Team Referral
- Form 1a-PM Graph
- Form 2. Intervention Log
- Form 3. Gap Analysis Worksheet
- Form 3. ROI Worksheet
- Form 4. SLD Supplemental Documentation- JCS Rev
- Form 5. Reading Fluency Teacher Checklist
- Form 5. Written Expression Teacher Checklist
- Form 5. Basic Reading Teacher Checklist
- Form 5. Math Computation Teacher Checklist
- Form 5. Math Problem Solving Teacher Checklist
- Form 5. Reading Comprehension Teacher Checklist
- Form 6. Consent for Initial Assessment (EdPlan)
- Form 7. Invitation to Meeting (EdPlan)
- Form 8. Johnson County Referral Decision Tree
- Form 9. Parent Input Form (1-7-15)
- Form 10. Gen Ed Teacher Input
- Form 11-12. Systematic Observation Form
- Form 13. Exclusionary Factors Worksheet
- Form 14. SLD Assessment Documentation Form
- Form 15. Eligibility Form – Finalize EdPlan
- Form 16. Prior Written Notice (EdPlan)
- RTI Special Education Referral Procedures for SLD – Revised 3 JCS