Ellwood City Area School District offers a comprehensive program of services for all identified exceptional children. Programs for students requiring learning support, emotional support, autistic support, life skills support, multiple disabilities support, speech and language support or gifted support are district operated. For students identified as requiring vision support, hearing support programs are provided by the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV in the Ellwood City Area School District buildings. Depending on the student’s needs, services may be provided within the district or the student may be transported to another district.
The Ellwood City Area School District professional staff constantly strives to improve the quality of the curriculum and instruction presented to our students. The District is proud of the co-teaching model that has been incorporated and promotes the least restrictive environment in order to educate as many special education students within our district as possible.
The District, in conjunction with Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV and other contracted services and agencies, provides services for children identified as having special needs. Parents of a child recommended for special education are involved throughout the screening and evaluation process, as well as in the development of an individualized education program (IEP) for their child. In all facets of the Special Education Program, we encourage you, the parent, to participate in team meetings, to assist with the development of goals for your child and to be included in decisions regarding your child’s programming.
Should you have any questions, please contact the Special Education Department. We want to provide the best possible education for your children to prepare them for the future. We can make a difference by working together, accepting, believing, and caring, because every child is a special child.
Special Education Plan 2022-2025
PASA Justification Notice
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Pennsylvania to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject using the PASA does not exceed one percent of the total number of all students in the state assessed on the statewide assessments. Each local educational agency (LEA) must complete and submit the PASA 1.0 Percent Participation Threshold justification to BSE if it anticipates that more than 1.0% of it’s 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. The Ellwood City Area School District anticipates exceeding the 1.0% threshold for PASA participation. The necessary justification information has been submitted to the Bureau of Special Education. Questions on the Ellwood City Area School District participation rates should be directed to Leslie Gleghorn, Special Education Administrator at 724-752-1591 ext. 3603.