Pre-K Transition to Kindergarten Presented by: Brenda Hanna, Scott Hagerman and Jules O’Herron
Objective • Participants will be able to describe the implementation process of Kinder transition for the 2010-11 school year.
Who Needs a Kinder Transition? • Answer: All preschoolers with the following primary categories of DD, SLI, PSD, HI, and VI who are transitioning to kindergarten must have a kindergarten transition.
TWO TYPES OF KINDERGARTEN TRANSITIONS • Kindergarten Transition without a re-evaluation: Only preschoolers with a primary category of SLI who are not suspected of any other disability. • COMPONENTS: IEP paperwork with an 8a to project school day minutes and perhaps other services. • DEADLINE: March 1st.
TWO TYPES OF KINDERGARTEN TRANSITIONS • Kindergarten Transition With Re-evaluation: Preschoolers with primary categories of DD, PSD, HI, and VI must be re-evaluated during their last year of preschool to determine if the student continues to qualify for special education services. • Deadline: March 1st.
Components of Re-Evaluation • Review of Data, • Permission to Evaluate (if data is not sufficient), • MET, • Projected MET page, • Evaluation (if applicable) • New IEP within 30 days of reevaluation.
School Age Categories • SLD - Specific Learning Disability • OI – Orthopedic Impairment • ED – Emotional Disability • SCI – Severely Cognitive Impairment • MD – Multiple Disabilities • HI – Hearing Impairment • VI – Visual Impairment • Autism • SLI – Speech/Language Impairment • OHI – Other Health Impairment • MICI – Mild Cognitive Impairment • MOCI – Moderate Cognitive Impairment • MDSSI – Multiple Disabilities, Severe Sensory Impairment • TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury • DD – Developmentally Delayed
Your lists: • Put together a list of students who will be transitioning to kinder for the 2011-12 school year • Divide your list of students into subgroups: • students who receive only speech only services • students who require further testing • students who do not require further testing • Create a list of the related service providers for your students (HI/VI Teacher, OT, PT, SLP, SW, PSYCHOLOGIST)
Your Team Members • Ex Ed Preschool Teacher • May include HI/VI Teacher • Gen Ed Teacher • Parent • Speech Language Pathologist/Technician • Occupational Therapist • Physical Therapist • PSYCHOLOGIST
Calendar • Begin process now • Must be completed by March 1 • With the team develop a timeline for each student transitioning. Keep in mind the components below: • Review of Data • Permission to Evaluate (if current data is not sufficient) • Evaluation (if applicable) • MET with Projection Page (unless SLI only) • New IEP with 8a
Paperwork Process • Meet with your site’s Ex Ed team • Create a timeline for each student transitioning • Complete any additional testing • Make sure you keep all team members informed as you proceed through the process. • Fill in the placement form and submit
LRE – A Thoughtful Process • Remember that all students are considered general education students first • Consider the types of programs available • Consider the needs of the student • Remember that a Cross-Categorical Program (CCP) is not universal for all students
Types of Programs Available at TUSD • General Education classroom • Resource Classroom • Cross-Categorical Program: CCP • Autism • Emotional Disability: ED • Mild or Moderate Cognitive Impairment: MiCI/MoCI • Multiple Disabilities
Remember… • Always involve the Psychologist • Unless the student is PK SLI and has not other concerns • Start with a K-12 category • K-12 DD requires an academic goal
Procedural FAQs • When is the DD label appropriate? • Questions about dismissal?
Developmental Disability • The child is at least three years of age but less than ten years of age. • The child demonstrates performance on a norm-referenced test that measures at least 1.5 but not more than 3.0 standard deviations below the mean for children of the same age in two or more of the following areas: • Cognitive development • Social and emotional development • Physical development • Adaptive development • Communication development • A formal assessment must be included for students being considered for DD for whom the team is considering a self contained placement for the fall . • Students with a DD label going into Kinder must have at least one academic goal.
Eligibility • If after a re-evaluation it is determined that the child no longer qualifies for special education services, the child must be dismissed as of the re-evaluation date. • Do not wait to dismiss until the end of the school year.
Projected Services MET Page • Projected Services MET page must be completed for all K-12 categories of disability, except SLI only.
SLI only • If an evaluation was conducted within the last 6-12 months, no new evaluation is needed • However, an 8a must be completed to reflect K-12 school day minutes • If preschoolers with SLI have an evaluation older than 12 months, a re-evaluation (review of data and permission to evaluate, if needed) must be conducted