A school district is looking for ways to improve their special education system and is saying that success of students with disabilities depends on principals.
In Washoe County, principals will be held accountable for how children with disabilities are educated and the results of that education. Following several years of low graduation rates and poorly performing special education programs, and threats of sanctions from the Nevada Department of Education, many parents and educators feel the time has come for accountability.
“It is moving in a more positive route,” said Superintendent Traci Davis, who started leading the district last year. “We are doing things for kids that we haven’t necessarily done.”
Additional changes include training for teachers and staff, better identification of students who are struggling whether or not they have disabilities, and better tracking of children.