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Jr./Sr. high school targeted for SCEP

JOHNSTOWN — The state Education Department’s School Comprehensive Education Plan, or SCEP for the disabled, was outlined at the Greater Johnstown School District Board of Education meeting Thursday night.

Nicole Panton, district director of curriculum and professional development, said that Johnstown Junior-Senior High School is a “targeted” school for improvement for special education students. The SCEP is developed to address issues for the disabled. The district is in the second year of what may be a four-year program, Panton said.

“We have to have it completed by the district,” she said. “We had a group of educators working with us at all levels.”

The plan identifies needs and a subgroup, which will be implemented this month, Panton said.

For the SCEP, she said the district collaborated with the community, teaching staff and students. In this collaboration with stakeholders, she said priorities for special needs students were determined, evidence-based interventions were identified, and planning is improved on. She said the district focused on students in grades nine-12 with disabilities. She said about 60 percent of the students, roughly about 62 students, scored .75 years of growth, which was a goal. She said case managers continue to work with students to do assessments, focusing on goal setting.

“We also have data coaches this year,” Panton said. “We’ll also be setting up monthly meetings.”

Panton said the district also surveyed goals of all K-12 families and students, regarding social and emotional needs.

“We have a lot of students that are being impacted by COVID,” Panton said.

She said the district timeline includes reviewing data in February, with staff mentors and partnerships to follow.

Panton also mentioned an estimate of seven students with disabilities expected to graduate by August, and she discussed chronic absenteeism.

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