Districts focus on special needs

Greenwood school leaders want to do a better job ensuring that special education students understand everything they’re being taught in class, and they are adding a position specifically to oversee how those students are taught.

About 13 percent of about 23,000 students enrolled at Johnson County’s six public school districts were a part of special education programs during the 2012-13 school year, and that rate has held steady over the past five years, according to the Indiana Department of Education.

Local school districts have been looking for ways to improve special education students’ understanding of what’s being taught in their math, language arts and other core classes, which are assessed on the state’s ISTEP exam. Center Grove plans to hire an administrator who will train teachers and ensure the nearly 1,000 students enrolled in the district’s special education program are being taught in a way that helps them best understand each lesson.

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