School district works to improve disability services, up graduation rates

NORWICH – In a study completed by New York State Board of Education in early October, the Norwich City School District is among 75 districts cited for low graduation rates for students with disabilities.

According to state DOE representative Tom Dunn, there was a 21.9 percent dropout rate in the district among students with disabilities.

Cited districts must undergo a thorough review of instructional practices to ensure they are using proven, research-based methods and/or improving their staff’s professional development. Special education experts, funded by the state DOE, lend a hand in the process.

The study was based on data from the 2004-2005 academic year.

Norwich Director of Special Programs Katherine McKeever confirmed that test scores for this population in the district have been in need of improvement for the past three years.

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