Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review
The New York State Education Department P-12: Office of Special Education completed a Special Quality Assurance (SEQA) Special Education Programs and Services Focused Review in the Mount Markham Central School District during the 2014-2015 school year. This review examined the district's compliance with selected federal and state laws and regulations governing the education of students with disabilities. The review was conducted by the SEQA Syracuse Regional Office. The review process involved a review of school records of a representative sample of students with disabilities, classroom visitations, and interviews. Meetings of the committee on special education were also observed.
The Mount Markham Central School District was found to be in compliance regarding the provision of specially designed instruction to address the unique needs that result from a student's disability; and to ensure access of the student to the general curriculum, so that he or she can meet the educational standards that apply to all students. It was determined that students with disabilities are being provided instruction by appropriately credentialed staff, in the least restrictive environment. Students with disabilities are earning high school credits and are successfully completing the Regents examinations.
Areas that were determined to fall with the parameters of non-compliance, rather than systemic issues, pertained largely to individual IEP's. Corrections will be made and submitted to the SEQA by August 28th, 2015. A copy of the report may be obtained from the Superintendent's office, located at 500 Fairground Road, West Winfield, New York.