Welcome to the Tri-County Educational Service Center Special Education Information Page! Our office provides direct and consultative services to all school districts in a three county region. We work collaboratively with districts to identify students with disabilities and to provide quality services to those students in a variety of settings.
- Student Growth Measures Itinerant Document (New May 3, 2013)
- Disability Definitions
- Q & A for Parents
- Special Education Model Policies and Procedures
Extended Content Standards
Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (PowerPoint)
Frequently Asked Questions
Language Arts (Extended) Language Arts (Including Common Core)
Mathematics (Extended) Mathemantics (Including Common Core)
Science (Extended) Science (Including Common Core)
Social Studies (Extended) Science (Including Common Core)
Alternate Assessment for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities (AASCD)
AASCD Fact Sheet
Guidelines for Participation in AASCD
AASCD Decision Making Framework
Directions for Printing AASCD Sample Cards/Strips
AASCD Test Coordinator's Manual
AASCD Directions for Administrators Manual
AASCD Test Administrators Do's & Don'ts
AASCD Test Administration Training (PowerPoint)
Students with Disabilities and the TGRG Guidance Document (Updated February 12, 2013)
Students with Disabilities and The TGRG Guidance Document (Updated October 29, 2012)
Ohio's Early Learning and Dvelopment Standards (Posted: November 1, 2012)
- Social-Emotional Development
- Approaches Toward learning
- Physical Well-Being and Motor Development
- Cognitive Development and General Knowledge (Including: Mathematics, Science and Social Studies)
- Language and Literacy Development
Timeline for Implementation
• Programs and teachers become familiar with the new standards.
• Professional development is designed and deployed to support implementation of the new standards.
• Model curricula and other supports are developed by partner state agencies.
• Standards-Curriculum-Assessment-Alignment (SCA-A) Tool and accompanying professional development is
created by partner state agencies.
• Early childhood programs align adopted curriculum to the new standards using revised SCA-A Tool.
• New standards in all domains are integrated into early childhood programs.
• On-going professional development is available to support implementation.
Services to Districts
***NEW*** Parent Mentor Services
The Parent Mentor is the parent of a child with a disability who is available to help families and school districts by providing information, support and training.
The Role of the Parent Mentor:
- Guide families through the special education process and explain parents' rights and responsibilities.
- Listen and provide support to families and educators on an individual basis.
- Provide information and resources to families and school personnel on education laws, district programs and services and community resources.
- Attend Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings and other meetings at the request of parent or educational staff.
- Build collaborative partnerships between families, schools and committees to benefit students with disabilities.
Parent Mentor Services are provided free of charge to families of preschool and school aged children in Wayne, Holmes and Ashland Counties. The Tri-County Parent Mentor Program is funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education.
Tri-County Educational Service Center
741 Winkler Dr.
Wooster, OH 44691
330-345-6771 ext. 263
tesc_afletcher [at] tccsa [dot] net
http://www.sst9.org (Wayne and Holmes County)
http://www.ss7.org (Ashland County)
Ohio's Parent Mentor Program Brochure: Click Below
Tri-County ESC Special Olympics Brochure: Click Below
Columbia, Mo. (UPI) - People who play violent video games become less responsive to violence and are likely to become more aggressive, U.S. researchers suggest. Bruce Bartholow of the University of Missouri says the study involved 70 young adult participants randomly assigned to play either a non-violent or a violent video game for 25 minutes. After the playing, the researchers measured brain responses as participants viewed a series of neutral photos, such as a man on a bike, and violent photos, such as a man holding a gun in another man's mouth.
The participants were given a task where they could give their opponent a controllable blast of loud noise. The level of noise blast set for their opponent was the measure of aggression. The study, to be published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, found participants who played one of several popular violent games, such as "Hitman", "Killzone" and "Grand Theft Auto," set louder noise blasts for their opponents during the competitive task, that is, they were more aggressive than participants who played a non-violent game.
Bartholow says in a statement, "From a psychological perspective, video games are excellent teaching tools because they reward players for engaging in certain types of behavior. Unfortunately, in many popular video games, the behavior is violence.
Bachelor's Degree for Students with Autism
Albany, NY (UPI) - Two Albany, NY colleges are creating a bachelor's degree program for students with autism spectrum disorder, college officials say.
Officials at Sage College and Excelsior College created the Sage Achieve degree, an online program for students with autism spectrum disorder, which can be customized to meet a student's particular disabilities, but it is as rigorous as any other degree, the Albany Times Union reports.
The degree will include one-on-one mentoring and will lead to a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a full 120 credits and an emphasis in computer science, say's Susan Scrimshaw, of Sage College.
Excelsior College developed the online program and Dana Reinecke, professor at Sage College, created the curriculum, Scrimshaw says. Reinecke says the degree emphasizes critical thinking, analysis, writing and reading. The program is expected to attract students from all over the world who may not be able to thrive in a traditional college classroom.
Coursework will be available by video, audio and text, and students will continue their courses throughout the summer months. Tuition for the first two years is about $27,000, but when the course load doubles in the third and fourth year, it is scheduled to increase to $43,000, the Times-Union says.