Can Schools Prepare Students with Special Needs for College?

Can Schools Prepare Students with Special Needs for College?

Does your child have severe cognitive disabilities?

An advocacy network called “The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination” released a series of recommendations designed to help you and your child.

The basic issue – according to this advocacy group – is that schools need to do more to figure out where students have learning disabilities, pinpoint those problems, early and then intervene appropriately.

It’s all things we’ve heard before.  What’s interesting to us – at least – is that this particular group is linking its recommendation to special needs children and their post-graduation plans.

According to Madeleine Will, chairwoman of the Collaboration, “High quality assessments can drive high quality instruction.” At this point, The Collaboration, believe that tests aren’t rigorous enough and some students are not tested at a proper grade level. The end result is that students with disabilities are behind without any real shot at college or employment after high school.

The ultimate goal is to have members of Congress include these changes suggested by The Collaboration when the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is up for renewal.

The Collaboration recognizes that improving test standards isn’t the only factor deterring students with disabilities from post-high school opportunities. Schools should be held accountable for providing proper instruction, according to The Collaboration.

If you are a parent, it’s great to see a national organization thinking about the real purpose of school:  which is to prepare your special need child for what happens after they graduate, be that college or work.

But we have to ask – aren’t we already asking our schools to do a lot with very little funding?  What do you think?

Here at PresenceLearning we’re all about the kids.  We want to see every special need child thrive through K-12 and – most importantly beyond.  While we don’t yet have the data to back this up, our belief is that speech therapy is critically important to special needs children and their success either in college or in the workplace.

Source: EdWeek