Tertiary Demo Schools Show Greater Decrease in Special Education Placement (02/09)

posted Feb 7, 2011, 8:36 AM by Cheryle Kennelly

Lovejoy Elementary and Alton Middle School in Alton CUSD 11 demonstrated noticeable reductions in the number of students referred, tested, and placed into Special Education during 2007-08, their third year as PBIS tertiary demonstration sites.

From 2005-06 to 2007-08, Lovejoy Elementary School reduced the number of students referred and tested for Special Education by 53% (from 13 to 6); the percent of total enrollment referred and tested was reduced by 63% (from 4.8% to 1.8%). The number of students placed in Special Education dropped by 55% (from 9 to 4). Lovejoy attributes these reductions to timely use of data and progress monitoring at tier 2/secondary and training their Special Education staff in data driven decision-making.

During the same timeframe, Alton Middle School reduced the number of students referred and tested for Special Education by 85% (from 39 to 6); the percent of total enrollment referred and tested dropped by 85% (from 2.6% to 0.4%). The number of students placed in Special Education decreased by 83% (from 30 to 5). The school credits the reduction in Special Education placements to the staff providing multiple interventions including an on-going review of behavioral data. They feel these efforts at tier 1/universal and tier 2/secondary ensure student success in the general education classroom.