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NL looks at special ed. at high school

Northern Lehigh School District plans to follow suit with its Targeted Support and Improvement Plan put in place for the 2019-2020 school year.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tania Stoker reported on the status of the Targeted Support and Improvement Plan at Monday’s school board meeting.

In March, the board approved the TSI plan after the district in the fall received the early warning designation of TSI from the Pennsylvania Department of Education based upon its PA Future Ready Index results for the 2018-19 school year.

Stoker noted that the district was identified in the fall as a TSI school for special education at the high school for this past year.

“We are not sure how these indicators are going to impact that,” Stoker said. “There’s no guidance at this point for that, so we’re staying status quo.”

Stoker added, “They are not going to identify any new schools as TSI schools in the fall of 2020 based on those indicators. We’re still not sure how it’s going to impact us.

We were identified for attendance, we were identified for our college and career indicator, and also our achievement with regard to ELA and math for our special education population at the high school,” she said. “We did not meet the benchmarks in those particular areas for the state, so we put a plan in place and we’re trying to make sure that we meet those indicators moving forward.”

The TSI status is specific to the high school special education population for the following indicators: Achievement (Math and ELA Combined), Regular Attendance, and Career Standards Benchmark.