State targets Attales special ed for improvement

The Emma C. Attales Middle School is working on a plan to improve its special education program after the state Department of Education identified it as a “targeted assistance program” earlier this month.

The designation, which lasts three years, means that the test scores of students in the special education program failed to meet the scoring standards on the state Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, exam.

The school must now outline how the special education program will improve students’ standardized test scores, reduce student absences and grow over the course of three years.

The school has until Feb. 15 to submit the plan to the state.

Attales Principal Christine Ruth said she met with the entire special education department and the child study team Monday to review the data and came up with priorities that she will share with the rest of the school staff.

“We’re making good progress, and we’re doing it as a team,” Ruth said at the Board of Education meeting Jan. 23.

Source: State targets Attales special ed for improvement | Current of Pleasantville, Absecon |

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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