SPECIAL NEEDS SERVICES
Many families who have students with special learning differences choose home schooling because of the one-on-one teaching method that is so effective when students need a little extra help. We have special resources to encourage and support these families who have a special student.
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The Barbara Cerny Library, named after one of our coordinators who worked tirelessly to provide us with information and tools to help our special students, has copies of the Scottish Rite tapes used to help students with dyslexia and other verbal learning differences. The tapes require workbooks that must be purchased by the parents, but the tapes and some of the teacher’s guides are available for checkout from CCA. Any of our home school families who wish to use the tapes enter into a contract with CCA and pay a fee to help cover the cost of the program. Younger students complete a two year program that covers their language arts curriculum and older students (13+) complete the literacy program that is for one year. For more information about the tape program, please contact the Special Needs Coordinator. Also available are some textbooks that have been donated by other CCA families with special needs students which can be checked out. These are often high interest but lower reading level books that are helpful for those who struggle with their language skills.
YEARLY ACHIEVEMENT TESTING
CCA requires that all of our home school students in grades four and up be tested each year using an achievement test. However any student (4th grade or higher) with a specified learning disability can receive accommodation on testing.
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The parent will need to notify CCA if they want their child accommodated. Parents will need to specify the type of learning difference and how the child is normally accommodated. Our Special Needs Coordinator will work with the parents to be sure that the student will benefit from the testing. Any parent who is requesting accommodation for their child should be willing to volunteer to help with testing. Parents will be trained in how to give the tests to the students with special needs. If a student has been tested during the school year by another source, they can be exempt from the IOWA Test. Parents will need to give a copy of the testing to the Superintendent for the student’s file and ask her for an exemption. We realize that standardized achievement testing is not always the best way to test a student with special needs. Our goal is to give parents a tool to help them assess the progress of their student and to evaluate the effectiveness of their curriculum. If we determine that standardized testing is not appropriate for a student, we will try to help the parents find other sources for evaluating their student’s progress. Please communicate with us if you have a problem in this area.
Students with diagnosed learning difference can receive accommodation on tests such as the PSAT, ACT, and SAT. Please contact the Superintendent or the Guidance Counselor for information concerning this type of help.
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Documentation by professionals is required, and there should be evidence of the problem from early in the student’s school years up until the present. The student must have been tested within the last 3 years to qualify. Special forms must be filled out and documentation sent in to receive this accommodation.
If a student needs accommodation in a class that is offered at CCA, the parent must communicate with the teacher of the class and work out a plan before class begins.
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If the student is unable to keep up with the assignments and class work with accommodation, then he will need to take the course at home. Teachers are always willing to work with the families as much as is reasonably possible to accommodate students. However, they cannot jeopardize the quality of the class for the majority of the students to accommodate for one.