The Special Education Services Department is a dynamic and child-centered department committed to meeting the unique needs of our students in the least restrictive environment by offering a continuum of quality interventions, services and programs. We strongly encourage collaboration and foster a positive working relationship among professionals and families to meet common goals. We support our students unique needs by utilizing data driven decisions, research based interventions and current technology.
Special Education Identification Process
All kindergarten and newly enrolled students are screened for possible disabilities in the areas of vision, hearing, speech, social/emotional development and academic performance. Students who are suspected of having a disability are referred to the Student Success Team for further assistance.
The Student Success Team consists of the parents, a regular classroom teacher, special education teacher, psychologist, speech language pathologist, nurse and other specialists, as necessary. Parents who suspect that their child is experiencing difficulty in the school environment may want to discuss their concerns with the teacher or request a referral to the Student Success Team.
The Student Success Team helps resolve concerns in many cases, but in other cases the student may require ongoing intervention or assessment.
The evaluation is conducted by a multidisciplinary team that will consist of individuals who can bring different perspectives and expertise to the evaluation. Some examples of team members include: the school psychologist, special education teacher, related service providers, regular classroom teacher and parent.
The evaluation must be comprehensive and use evaluation tools and strategies that are technically sound and accepted by the National Association of School Psychologists.
Programs and Services
Based on recommendations from the evaluation team, a variety of programs and services are possible. The alternatives include:
- No special education services –The student would remain in the regular classroom.
- In class with supplementary instructional services- The student would remain in the regular classroom and receive supplementary instructional services as appropriate or have materials provided by a specialist.
- Resource Programs- The student remains in the regular classroom for part of the day and is also scheduled for specialized instruction with a special education teacher for a period of time.
- Self-contained Programs- The student may benefit based on his/her needs and the IEP goals to spend a majority of the day with a special education teacher.
For information on services for students with visual impairments, please visit the Vision Department page.
Related services include transportation, and other support services such as speech or physical therapy that are required for students with disabilities to benefit from special education. Speech language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy are all available in all of our schools.
Preschool Child Find
The preschool evaluation team offers screenings and evaluations for children ages 2.9 to 5 years (not kindergarten eligible) to determine possible eligibility for special education services. The developmental screening is scheduled when a parent calls the school district and indicates a concern in one or more developmental area. The areas included in the screening include vision and hearing as well as the five developmental areas:
If your child fails one or more of these developmental areas, the evaluation team will recommend a more in-depth evaluation to be completed at a later date. This evaluation is more comprehensive and is completed to determine if the child is demonstrating significant developmental delays which meet federal and state eligibility for special education services.
If your infant, birth to 2 years 9 months of age appears to have developmental delays, please contact Arizona Early Intervention Program (AzEIP) at 602-532-9960 to learn more about services available for younger children with disabilities.
For information about Madison’s Developmental Preschool program at Madison Heights, please click here.
Student Education Records
Parents have the right to inspect and review all educational records, and all other rights guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Destruction of Educational Records
The district destroys all psychological and special education records on students five years after those students have been removed from special education or have withdrawn from the district.
Changes in Medicaid Program
Special Education Links
- PIN (Parent Information Network) 1-877-230-PINS (7467) PINS@azed.gov
- Arizona Department of Education, Exceptional Student Services ( ADE/ESS) 602-542-4013 http://www.azed.gov/special-education
- Arizona Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) www.azdes.gov/ddd
- National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities www.nichy.org/pages/home
- Parent Training and Information Center: Raising Special Kids www.raisingspecialkids.org
- Arizona Healthcare Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) www.azahccc.gov/site
- Raising Special Kids www.raisingspecialkids.org
- Arizona Department of Education Exceptional Student Services (ADE/ESS) 602-364-4000
- ADE/ESS Hotline 1-800-352-4558
For more information on Special Education contact:
Special Education Director