7-12 Special Education: I have been providing accommodations for the Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) tests to the students who qualify for them. The NeSA tests are given in 7th, 8th and 11th grade in Math, Science, and Reading. Accommodations that have been offered to students with a verified disability are reading the test to the student, providing a distraction free environment, and giving the student extra time. These accommodations must be written in the student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) in order to provide them during the NeSA testing. The entire NeSA Math and Science sections can be read, but only the questions of the Reading test can be read. The student are required to read the passages independently, but they can read them outloud if they are in a one-on-one session with the special education teacher.
Some of the special education students have also been working on research papers and/or book reports for their English classes. Assistance is provided in the form of writing, editing, and using the correct format according to the teacher that issued the assignment. I recently received a MacBook Pro using IDEA Part B money. Having all the same programs that the students use makes it easier for them to share their writing assignments with me on a flash drive. It also makes it possible for me to print out their work when they are in the special education room.
The ipod app called Driver’s Education has been a hit for students who are taking Driver’s Education at this time. It is a great review for the students who will be taking the final test in Mr. Filipi’s Driver’s Education class. Another online site to practice for the driver’s test is the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles site.