Lancaster evaluates its special education practices

Jackie Nunnery

by Jackie Nunnery

KILMARNOCK—The Lancaster school board on Monday, December 12, heard about the strengths and areas for improvement when it comes to including students in the classroom when they have an individualized education program (IEP).

According to superintendent Jessica Davis, “School divisions in Virginia are required every three years to do an inclusive practices self-assessment and develop an action plan based on those findings.”

Director of special education Heather Adams presented those results. Adams said her vision is that “students with disabilities are provided with specially designed instruction, related services and support needed to succeed academically and socially and to participate fully in school functions with their classmates.”

Adams presented data that shows 165 (15.8%) of the division’s 1,039 students have IEPs. The number of students with….

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