Thursday, February 25, 2016

CPSE Students Getting Ready for Kindergarten

CPSE Students Getting Ready for Kindergarten

The Transition Process:
It's a big step for all children to head off to Kindergarten, but it can be a little more stressful for parents of students with disabilities. If your child is aging out of preschool services, you should have received a letter from our office informing you of the transition process.

At your child's annual review this year, there will be discussion as to if he/she will continue to qualify for special education services as they enter Kindergarten. If your child does still qualify, the types of services and supports will be decided and a new Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for next year will be written for next school year.  These annual reviews will take place at the elementary school your child will be attending in the fall and there will be staff form the school there for you to meet.

Kindergarten Registration:
We also wanted to remind you that you will need to register your child for Kindergarten even if they are receiving special education services through CPSE.

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If you have not yet registered your child for Kindergarten, registration is going on through March 4, 2016.  Please make your appointment to register with the Registrar's office by going to the registration link on the West Genesee home page, or by clicking here.

If you have any questions about your child's transition to Kindergarten, please feel free to call my office and speak to Darlene Chapin who works with all the elementary schools or myself.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

State Assessment Update:

As you are all aware, New York State Assessments for students in grades 3-8 in ELA and Math will be coming up in April this year. These assessments are just a small piece of information on how your student is performing as we look at many types of information to gauge progress and needs.

We have recently received a memo to explain some changes in the testing beginning this year. There are three changes they are implementing for this year's tests.

  • First, educators will be more involved in the test development process. As of this fall, more educators have been involved in creating and reviewing the assessments.  
  • Second, there will be a decrease in the length of the assessments by having fewer test questions.  
  • Third, there will be a change with a shift to untimed testing. This will mean that students will have the time they need to work though the assessments.

Our students with disabilities who have testing accommodations on their IEPs will continue to use them as they currently do as these changes will not impact accommodations.

Click here to read the full memo.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.