District reaches special education targets

MANISTIQUE – Manistique Area Schools reached more state targets for special education than the state as a whole, according to the 2012-2013 District Special Education Report Card.

“Like the Annual District Report Card, one is received for Special Education though the data is always one year in arrears,” said Manistique Area Schools Superintendent Kathy McDonough.

Overall the district performed well, meeting 15 of the 17 state targets that were applicable to the district.

The state as a whole met 11 of the 28 targets set that were applicable for statewide reporting.

Manistique did not meet the state target of 80 percent or more of special education students graduating.

The district reached a 66.7 percent graduation rate – higher than the state performance of 53.5 percent.

The second area that Manistique Area Schools did not reach the target in was an educational environment target of having 63 percent or more of special education students with an Individualized Education program in a regular class for 80 percent or more each day. Manistique’s had 52 percent of special education students with Individualized Education programs in class 80 percent or more of the day. The state had 64.3 percent of these students meet the requirement.

“The district continues to implement a Multi Tier System of Supports (MTSS) to achieve state set targets,” said McDonough.

In addition to continuing the MTSS and other special education programs, the district will be implementing an Early Warning System (EWS) in the 2014-2015 school year.

“EWS identifies, and supports through intervention, students that are displaying risk factors that predict an increased likelihood of dropping out of high school,” said McDonough.

The Special Education development was discussed at this week’s school board meeting.

The Special Education Report Card and the School Accountability Scorecard are available online for all districts in the state at www.mischooldata.org