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Exhibit 3.4.1 indicates that while total district enrollment has declined during the last five years, the percentage of students enrolled in special education programs has increased by 1.8 percent.

Special education services are provided in every school, but district programs for the most severely impacted students are located in certain schools. Exhibit 3.4.2 shows the district special education programs and their school locations.

Exhibit 3.4.2 District Special Education Programs Clover Park School District

School Beachwood Carter Lake Clarkmoor Custer Dower Evergreen Greenwood Heartwood Hillside Idlewild Lake City Lake Louise Lakeview Oakbrook Oakwood Park Lodge Southgate Tillicum Tyee Park Hudtloff M.S. Lochburn M.S. Mann M.S. Woodbrook M.S A-1 Clover Park H.S Lakes H.S. District Data

Special Ed.

Behavior

Functional

Preschool

Disabled

Academics

2000-2001

X

X

X X

X

X X X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X X X

Lifeskills

X

X

X X

X X

Resource programs and self-contained programs are managed at the building level. Building site teams make the decisions on the model of support and level of staffing they will offer special needs students. This results in a variety of delivery models of varying quality. For example, some middle schools do not offer resource support, but only full inclusion and self-contained classes. Other schools cluster special education students within certain general education classrooms.

During interviews many persons expressed concern about the design of the district’s special education service delivery model. Representative comments included the following:

  • “Money and positions were cut from special education; (the number of) aides were reduced; the system was (revaged).”

  • “Special education is the biggest weakness this district has.”

  • “Special education remains on the periphery rather than being integrated with general education...we need a more systemic approach to improvement.”

Clover Park School District Audit Report Page 61

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