ERIC Number: ED232378
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Special Service Teams of the Indianapolis Public Schools: School Based Student Service Teams.
Chaney, Mary Jo; And Others
Screening of students who may require special services by the Indianapolis Public Schools is conducted by Special Service Teams, which are composed of representatives of the special education, social services, psychological services, and guidance departments. The special services offerings of the team, case conferencing, and placement, are distinct and separate from curriculum division programs. In addition, the high schools have different kinds of needs requiring a different approach. Personal histories, for example, are taken from the high school student rather than from the parent. A problem occurring for all grade ranges is reevaluation, which is required by law every 3 years. Problems not readily solved include: paperwork to provide documentation for compliance, communication, the number of people involved in information sharing, the decision-making inertia shown by private schools, and student mobility. These factors contribute to problems of management in accomplishing the team's objectives and requirements of Public Law 94-142. Involvement of teachers in team meetings at points of decision-making has resulted in teachers feeling more a part of the team process, as well as their gaining new insights about both the child's problems and remediation approaches. Directives and memoranda released simultaneously by school districts has been an important method of communicating uniformly to the team members outside the group meeting. Providing an inservice for the respective buildings at least once a year conveys to staff the team's purpose, as well as providing a communication link. (SEW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Education for All Handicapped Children Act; Indianapolis Public Schools IN
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of The Council for Exceptional Children (61st, Detroit, MI, April 4-8, 1983).