CTE and Students with Disabilities

10/19/2012

DISCUSSION FORUM

SWD Slides

Council Member Martha Bernard in our July CTE Council meeting asked how the NYCDOE deals with children with special needs. At the October 11, 2012 meeting, we discussed the impact CTE has on Students with Disabilities (SWD) and the historic connection between career-oriented education and disabled young people. Emma Mendez of the UFT, a former teacher in the field, gave us an overview of the SWD landscape including items like the Individualized Education Program (IEP), mainstreaming and transitioning. (InsideSchools.org posts a good description in its page for parents about Special Education.)

Sorting through the web posting of each school’s Special Education Service Delivery Report (here’s a sample), I produced a provisional, unofficial set of stats — by hand — that show that a bit less than 20% of students enrolled at the 39 designated CTE high schools are Students with Disabilities. The SWD number citywide is 15%. (You can view my CTE High Schools: SWD spreadsheet on-line in Google Docs.)

We don’t know how many students are in the hundreds of CTE programs outside of the 39 designated schools, and we don’t know anything about outcomes.Do SWD kids do better or worse in CTE? What are the most effective and most challenged fields? How are kids being mainstreamed into the general student population? An how are they transitioning beyond 12th grade?

Add your questions, commentsand links below so we can create an organized list of questions that need to be asked.

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