Department of Special Education
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Special Education Director
Phone: (662)363-2811 Ext. 9235
Fax (662) 373-1889
Special Education Supervisor
Phone: (662)363-2811 Ext. 9243
Special Education Administrative Assistant
Margie J. Samuels
Phone: (662)363-2811 Ext. 9236
Phone: (662)363-2811 Ext. 9242
Phone: (662) 363-2811 Ext. 9236
Phone: (662) 363-2811
July 21, 2015 Part B and Pre-School Application
Executive Summary and Data Review
Grant H027A130146 and H173A130113
Tunica County School District (7200) has reviewed the performance captured on the State Performance Plan (SPP)/ Annual Performance Report (APR) for the Federal Fiscal Year 2013 as published in July 2015. Upon careful review of the published data, areas have been identified of success and areas of need in the various results and compliance indicators.
Of the 14 indicators reported, Tunica County School District did not meet 4, and met 10. The indicators are reviewed in four areas as required by IDEA: Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for Indicators 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8; Disproportionality for Indicators 9 and 10; Child Find for Indicator 11; and Effective Transition for Indicators 12, 13 and 14.
Areas of need (defined as having not met the targets indicated in the SPP) include both compliance and results indicators:
- FAPE in the LRE: Graduation Rates (Indicator 1), Assessment Performance (Indicator 3C), LRE Placement (Indicator 5B)
- Effective Transition: Post-School Outcomes (Indicator 14)
To address graduation rates (Indicator 1), The Tunica County School District will review and revise IEPs to address discrepancies in graduation tracks and student transcripts, provide training for district personnel on graduation options for special education students and differentiated instruction to allow special education students to access the general education curriculum. In the area of assessment performance (Indicator 3c), the Tunica County School District will be conducting professional development activities to address instructional strategies in the areas of language arts, reading and math. We will also implement a research-based reading program for reading. The special education teachers and staff will meet with parents of students with disabilities to ensure parents are abreast of the students’ progress. To increase the number of students with disabilities into the regular classroom environment (Indicator 5b), special education teachers will be provided additional training and support to strengthen their skills in providing inclusion and support services to students with disabilities and to address accommodations and modifications that may be needed for each student. Finally in the area of postsecondary (Indicator 14), in an effort to improve transition services, Tunica County has employed a case manager/transition coordinator to serve as the liaison between the School District and the Vocational Rehabilitation Services, check Mississippi Occupational Diploma and Transition Portfolios, assist students and families with postsecondary enrollment procedures if requested (ACT applications, Admissions, Financial Aid Applications, and Special Services Eligibility) and coordinates student activities relating to employment, vocational training, and education.