WASA Update

WASA Management & Operational Review
The Washington Association of School Administrators (the Association) was contacted by the Pullman School District regarding the possibility of carrying out an evaluative study of the Special Education Program utilizing the Management Review format developed by the Association. Following discussion by the superintendent and the Board of Directors, the district determined to have a review carried out in December 2017.

Update on 2018 WASA Special Education Audit:
October 2019:

In 2018-2019 our special education staff agreed on which goals to focus on first. We are so proud of the progress made towards addressing goal areas!

In 2019-2020 our special education staff will continue progress on a few goals from 2018-2019 and will target a few new goal areas.

Target Goals for 2019-2020 School Year (some are a continuation from 2018-2019):

  • WASA Goal 1: A formal decision tree to assist teams in identifying needed support staff for individual students
    • 2018-2019 steps taken: Design and plan increased programming to allow for support of students through rigorous instruction.
  • WASA Goal 9: Move from a compliance to instruction focus
    • 2018-2019 steps taken: continued compliance at the state level.
  • WASA Goal 25: Analyze performance data for students receiving special services, and identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth
    • 2018-2019 steps taken: Participation and growth in the team leaders collaboration and implementation of PLC work across the district.
  • WASA Goal 26: Review, calibrate, and align special education program materials with district wide curriculums. Adoption of core curriculum at elementary.
  • WASA Goal 26: Implementation of increased spectrum of programming:
    • Developmental Learning Center Classroom at Kamiak
    • Intensive Learning Center Classroom at Franklin
    • Co-teaching model at LMS
    • Transition programming at PHS

2018-2019 steps taken:

  • Co-teach model at LMS
  • Design of spectrum of programming at multiple levels
  • Design of master schedule at elementary schools for blocked intervention times to allow increased access to general education core curriculum.

Accomplished Goals:

  • WASA Goal 10: Definition of roles and responsibilities within the district office.
    • NEW ROLES: Director of Special Services, Assistant Director of Special Services, Coordinator for Federal + State Programs
  • WASA Goal 13: Right Response training
    • Held August 2019 for paras and teachers
  • WASA Goal 14: Survey paraprofessionals for professional development
    • Surveys were given twice by teachers on special assignment (TOSAs) and built into the professional development opportunities. This will continue in the 2019-2020 school year.
  • WASA Goal 16: Regularly scheduled meetings and budget authority has been completed between Director of Special Services, Director of Finance, and the Assistant Superintendent
  • WASA Goal 17: Expend Federal Special Education dollars
  • Shifts were made to add staffing costs in the federal budgets
  • WASA Goal 29: Parent Resource Partnership
    • 3 meetings were held in 2018-2019. The group requested more meetings. The 2019-2020 school year will have almost monthly meetings. This group worked to identify shared topics of interest and continue to guide the topics for further growth.
  • WASA Goal 30: Train staff to provide IEP drafts
    • Addressed in the SPED manual for 2019-2020 school year.
  • WASA Goal 31: Special Education transportation form
    • Completed in the 2018-2019 school year. This form is completed with every initial and every renewed IEP for students who present the need for specialized transportation. A sibling request form has also been created and used.
  • WASA Goal 32: Ensure timing of buses close to the school day
    • Staggered start times will be implemented for all 4 elementary schools which will provide better collaboration with transportation and less time on school buses for students.

Please see the file below for the complete Pullman School District Management Review of the Special Education Program.

Special Education Record Retention Announcement:<>This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Pullman School District's policy of destroying special education records upon the expiration of six years from the date that services end. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state and federal law unless the parent/guardian or adult student notifies the Pullman School district otherwise. After six years the records are no longer useful to the district, but they may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in some future endeavors.

The Pullman School District will be destroying the unclaimed Special Education records for students who exited Special Education Services in this district in the years prior to and including the year 2012-2013. The district will be sending letters to notify parents/guardians and/or former students' last known address. If you do not receive a letter and think that you may have records that would be available for claiming, please contact the Special Education office by phone at 509-332-3144 or by email at instructionalprograms@psd267.org.