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Special Education - Program Overview

Welcome to the Special Education Department at Wallenpaupack!

Special Education

What is Special Education?

Special Education refers to a variety of programs designed to meet the educational needs of students with disabilities.

What happens when a student is thought to have a disability?

The law requires a series of specific procedures to be followed by a school district when determining whether or not a student is eligible for Special Education Services. The procedure includes:

  • Screening
  • Evaluation
  • IEP - Individualized Education Program (when appropriate)
  • NOREP - Notice of Recommended Educational Placement

Please view a flow chart describing the Special Education procedural process.

If a student is determined to need Special Education services, where will they take place?

Under state and federal law, all children are entitled to an educational program which is designed to meet their individual educational needs. For students in need of special education services, an appropriate program is made up of "specially-designed instruction" and the "related services" needed to help the child benefit from that instruction. The program can be provided in a regular or special class or school, depending on the child's needs.

What types of Special Education programs are presently operated by Wallenpaupack?

The District currently provides support for the following programs:

  • Autistic Support
  • Blind/Visually Impaired Support
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Support
  • Emotional Support
  • Learning Support
  • Life Skills Support
  • Multiple Disabilities Support
  • Physical Support
  • Speech/Language Support

Wallenpaupack Exceeds the PASA 1.0% Participation Threshold

The Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) 1.0 Percent Participation Threshold Justification process was developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education (BSE) in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA requires Pennsylvania to ensure that the total number of students assessed using the PASA does not exceed one percent of the total number of all students in the state assessed on statewide assessments. Each local education agency (LEA) must complete and submit the PASA 1.0 Percent Participation Threshold Justification to BSE if it anticipates that more than 1.0 Percent of its students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 will be assessed using the PASA. A list of LEAs who anticipate exceeding the threshold will be made publicly available on the PDE website, in accordance with 34 CFR 200.6 (c)(3) regulations. LEAs must also make the document publicly available upon request, removing any personally identifiable information. Any LEA that exceeds the 1.0 percent threshold may be subject to further review for BSE. Wallenpaupack anticipates a PASA participation rate of 1.5% for the 2019‑2020 school year.

Any individual wishing to review the 1.0 Percent Participation Threshold Justification submitted to BSE by Wallenpaupack Area School District may submit a written request to: Dr. Tanya Carrelle, Wallenpaupack Area School District, Special Education Department, 500 Academy St., Building C, Hawley, PA 18428-7045.


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