CCSD 89 Student Services / Special Education Department
The role of the Student Services/Special Education Department is to empower all students to recognize and optimize their true potential. We provide specialized instruction and supports for students to increase their access and success in the CCSD 89 curriculum.
Special education is considered when the student’s needs are outside the realm of general education and more specialization is required to bring the student to proficiency. Special education requires the evaluation of the effects of current and past interventions in order to determine whether the student's performance is significantly different from their peers or educational expectations.
It should be noted that Response to Intervention (RtI) is not a lengthy means-to-an-end procedure to determine special education eligibility. The RtI process provides intervention strategies for the struggling student much earlier than in the traditional system. The special education eligibility process is designed to refine the student’s intervention plan, not wait until the student has a special education label to intervene.