Special Education Weekly Update

May 4, 2016

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"She reinforced that essential value of empathy that my mother and my grandparents had taught me. That is something that I carry with me every day as President. This is the simple and undeniable power of a good teacher,"


Above are the words of the President as he honored his 5th grade teacher as the most influential person in his educational journey.


As teachers in our district, all of you influence and lead our students everyday. You model the importance of learning, encourage perseverance, and provide academic and social/emotional support to our students. The profession of teaching has changed substantially over the years and the demands and workload have increased exponentially.


We appreciate what you do for our students throughout the entire school year! In our District's pursuit to strive for excellence, the fact that we have outstanding teachers and staff makes this pursuit a reality. Thank you!

Roster Verification FAQ


I am an Intervention Specialist, Home Instruction Teacher, ELL Teacher or Title-I Teacher. Do I complete Roster Verification (Linkage) Process?


If you are involved in delivering a formal program of instruction that works together with a teacher of record’s classroom instruction, then you should collaborate with the teacher of record, as well as any other teacher with shared instructional responsibility and complete the Roster Verification (Linkage) process. The goal is to fairly represent the instructional arrangements and each teacher’s contribution to student growth.



As an Intervention Specialist, how do I know if I should complete the Roster Verification (Linkage) process?


If you are the sole teacher for six (6) or more students in the same grade for reading or six (6) or more students in the same grade for mathematics, you must complete the Roster Verification (Linkage) process.


If you share instructional responsibility with the general education teacher for the delivery of instruction, lesson planning, and assessment/grade assignment for those students who are receiving shared instruction, you must collaborate to complete the Roster Verification (Linkage) process. With the assistance of your principal, you will need to determine your respective responsibilities for instruction. This will translate into a percentage of instructional time that each teacher will claim during Roster Verification (Linkage) process. The FAQ’s below should assist you in determining the final percentage of instructional time.



As an Intervention Specialist, I work in the general education classroom and only provide accommodations, clarify instruction and provide assistance to students. Do I complete the Roster Verification (Linkage) process?


No. In this scenario, you do not share responsibility for the instruction, lesson planning and grade assignment for those students and will not complete the Roster Verification (Linkage) process.



As an Intervention Specialist, I work in the general education classroom and share responsibility for the instruction, lesson planning and assessment/grade assignment of the students in the classroom. How should I complete the Roster Verification (Linkage) process?


Step One: Roster Verification (Linkage) Not Required

If you are sharing responsibility for the instruction, lesson planning and assessment/grade assignment 10% or less of the instructional time, you will not complete the Roster Verification (Linkage) process. The general education teacher will need to claim 100% of the instructional responsibility.


Step Two: Roster Verification (Linkage) is Required

If you are co-teaching and are equally sharing responsibility for the instruction, lesson planning and assessment/grade assignment all in the general education setting, 50% of the instruction should be assigned to both the general education teacher and Intervention Specialist for all students in the classroom.


Step Three: Roster Verification (Linkage) is Required

If you are sharing instructional responsibility (instruction, lesson planning and assessment/grade assignment) with a general education teacher and you also provide instruction for a student in an SCLC setting, you will need to complete the Roster Verification (Linkage) process. You should work in collaboration with the general education teacher and the building principal to finalize the percentage of instructional time you and the general education teacher will be linked to the student utilizing the Roster Verification (Linkage) Percentage of Instructional Time worksheet.


When I have a student with a disability in my classroom who is accompanied by a special education aide and is doing work that is different than the regular classroom activities, who is responsible for that time, regular education teacher or Intervention Specialist?


No instructional percentage can be allotted to a special education aide. However, to answer this question, the question that must be asked is which teacher (general education or intervention specialist) provided the initial direct instruction that was supported by the aide in the general education classroom? If the intervention specialist provided the direct instruction prior to the student’s inclusion in the general education setting, then the intervention specialist would have the instructional responsibility for that time and vice versa. You should work in collaboration with the general education teacher and the building principal to finalize the percentage of instructional time utilizing the Roster Verification (Linkage) Percentage of Instructional Time worksheet.


Co-teachers evenly share instruction (50%/50%) for a class. We are considering having just one teacher complete the Roster Verification (Linkage) process, yet assign the result to both teachers. Is this acceptable?


If both are “teachers of record,” they are both required to link and both will receive their own teacher value-added report. Both teachers should link and simply split the instructional percentage for that class.

See question 30 to specifics for Intervention Specialists counting I/E in their instructional time.


If the Intervention Specialist is pulling students out of Intervention/Enrichment (I/E) time, or the student is scheduled for an additional period for reading or mathematics instruction, does this time count towards the Roster Verification (Linkage) process?

If the Intervention Specialist is pulling students out of I/E time and provides direct instruction, plans lessons and/or assessing/assigning grades, it will count in the Roster Verification (Linkage) process. Therefore, the student is not receiving I/E, but direct instruction by the Intervention Specialist for IEP goals and objectives.

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.