Special Education Weekly Update

May 18, 2016

Thank You for a Great School Year!

Progress Reports

As the department has been scanning progress reports we have noticed that individuals are leaving boxes on the progress report blank. Please remember that you are required to report progress on both goals and objectives. If you have objectives that build on one another (e.g. require mastery before moving to the next one) you need to indicate that the objective has not yet been introduced. Also, please check that you have entered the correct dates for reporting periods and have listed the staff. If you have any questions please contact your supervisor.

Additional note: Please remember that you need to lock all documents that have been completed. The only thing that should remain open would be progress reports.


Beginning in 2016-17, the district will move to a trimester reporting structure in grades K-5, and remain with a quarterly reporting structure in grades 6-12. Preschool reporting will remain consistent with their current structure.

Case managers at the K-5 level will continue to report on progress as the IEP states. Once there is an annual review or an amendment, then the reporting can change to reflect the trimester timing.

As an informative note on the topic, the Office of Civil Rights and the Ohio Department of Education are in agreement that we need to report, "at least as often" on progress as compared to typical peers not necessarily at the "same times".

We will offer more on this topic as we enter next school year. If you have an immediate question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Special Education Department

The Special Education Department in the Strongsville City Schools is a proactive group of highly qualified and driven educators that are dedicated to serve students with disabilities with passion and hard work. We provide professional development and innovative training to all levels of staff to ensure outstanding service to our students. We have high expectations at every level and work continuously to improve our instructional practices, leadership, and collaborative partnerships with parents and families.