Special Education

Special Education


At Valley Horizon Elementary School, we provide services to approximately 70 students with Individualized Education Plans.  The services range from a self-contained setting for students with great needs to resource support for Learning Disabled students.  While providing services to our students, we coordinate with the general education teachers to provide appropriate services in an inclusive setting.  Inclusion is a structure to our Special Education Program that supports both the mainstream setting as well as the individual with special needs.

Universal Design for Learning

UDL provides that same kind of flexibility in the classroom. The goal of UDL is to present school subjects so that all learners can access the information, and to give learners different ways to demonstrate their knowledge. UDL is based on three main principles:

  • Representation: UDL offers information in more than one format. For example, textbooks are primarily visual. But providing text, audio, video and hands-on learning gives all kids a chance to access the material in whichever way is best suited to their learning strengths.
  • Action and expression: UDL gives kids more than one way to interact with the material and to show what they’ve learned. For example, teachers can assess students using pencil-and-paper tests, oral presentations or group projects.
  • Engagement: UDL looks for different ways to motivate students. Letting kids make choices and giving them assignments that feel relevant to their lives are some examples of how teachers can sustain students’ interest. Other common strategies include making skill building feel like a game and creating opportunities for students to get up and move around the classroom.


At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Valley Horizon will implement Year 2 of the State Awarded EDISA Grant to support student achievement for students served in Special Education.  The following is a description of EDSIA provided by the Arizona Department of Education:
Examining Data to Improve Student Achievement 
Examining Data to Improve Student Achievement (EDISA) is a collaborative partnership between local education agencies (LEA) and the Department of Education (ADE). During the EDISA Process, EDISA facilitators and Exceptional Student Services (ESS) coaches lead in a series of team workshops designed to support the state improvement plan of closing the achievement gaps between students with disabilities and their nondisabled peers. Facilitators guide LEAs through a Data Use Framework that helps LEAs to build capacity by creating internal systems to use data to make instructional decisions. Using Framework supports continuous improvement by helping teams discover causes of the achievement gaps and develop plans to improve student outcomes.
Data Use Framework
The Data Use Framework or Figure 8 is a problem-solving model or framework that is used by teams participating in the EDISA projects. It is made up of eight steps that are completed during the project. The process is cyclical, and during the process teams often find it necessary to go back a few steps before proceeding to the next.
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