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Federal Programs Director
Jessica Miller
Office:  (706) 598-2291 ext. 103
Fax: (706) 598-2611

Special Education


The Special Education Procedural Manual is designed to be used as a reference tool by special education personnel, school administrators, psychologists, counselors, and others involved in the education of students with disabilities. The procedures outlined in the manual are consistent with state and federal regulations concerning the education of children with disabilities as well as Glascock County Board of Education policy.

Public school systems in Georgia utilize a 4 tier intervention model, which represents the process of continually implementing progress monitoring and providing layers of additional intensive interventions so that students can be successful and progress in their learning. This proactive approach focuses on determining where students are struggling and providing strategic interventions to help shore up the weak areas.

The Student Support Team (SST) reviews student's case history and will make recommendations to the classroom teacher as to interventions to utilize in the classroom. Depending on the nature of the student's weakness, the interventions may include changing the student's instructional program and materials or using a behavior management program.

Based upon the data collected on the student's response to interventions at Tiers 1, 2, and 3, the SST may make a referral to the Special Education Department.

On February 9, 2012, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) received waivers from ten requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by No Child Left Behind (NCLB) of 2001. ESEA/NCLB requires that parents or guardians who have children attending a Title I school be notified of the school’s academic achievement as well as a school’s designation under Georgia's ESEA Flexibility Waiver.  This letter is intended to provide additional information concerning the options available to your child under Georgia's ESEA Flexibility Waiver, and to help you understand what the waiver will mean for you and your child.
Beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the GaDOE transitioned from needs improvement (NI) school designations based on adequate yearly progress (AYP) reports to Reward, Priority, Focus and Alert Schools designations based on ESEA Flexibility Waiver formulas.  Title I schools will now implement specific programs and interventions based on Reward, Priority, Focus, and Alert Schools status. In addition, the GaDOE ESEA Flexibility Waiver outlines Georgia's new Single Statewide Accountability System, the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI).  The CCRPI will serve as a comprehensive report card for all schools in Georgia.  The state system will give parents, students, teachers and families a more complete and comprehensive picture of where a school or district is meeting performance expectations and where it is not.