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It is important to note that the first reaction most principals have to situations such as the one described in the case study is to deflect blame towards the school district. Although never easy, being a professional means working with what you have and making decisions with the resources available. Metaphorically, throwing your hands in the air and lamenting that the school district is to blame does nothing to address the issues. Successful school leaders develop a holistic perspective that sees the bigger picture.

The purpose of this assignment is to address how site administrators can strive to accommodate all stakeholders while taking responsibility for what happens on the school campus.

Part 1: Case Analysis

Respond to the case study by addressing the following :

  1. Brief summary of the case
  2. Identify the issues to be resolved
  3. Stakeholders involved in the issues
  4. One or two existing laws or court rulings that relate to the issues
  5. District policies that relate to the issues
  6. Possible solutions to the issues
  7. The solutions chosen to resolve the issues
  8. Action steps (2-5) for implementing each solution, including a timeline for each step
  9. Potential moral and legal consequences of each solution

Part 2: Rationale

Support the case analysis with a 250-500 word rationale explaining the solutions you chose and how each solution:

  • Reflects professional ethics, integrity, and fairness.
  • Promotes social justice and ensures that individual student needs inform all aspects of schooling.
  • Promotes collaboration, trust, learning, and high expectations.

Cite the case and any other source documents as appropriate.

If possible, share your analysis with your principal mentor and make revisions based on his or her feedback before submitting with Part 1.

While APA style format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected, and any source documents should be referenced using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a rubric. Review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.



Case Study: Special Education

You are the assistant principal overseeing the counseling and special education departments of a large, K-8 elementary school. The counseling department documents students on 504 plans, and the special education staff monitors students with IEPs. There are 4.5 counselors, four special education resource teachers, and 79 regular education teachers assigned to the school. There are two additional educators assigned to the special education department in addition to the resource teachers.

In a school of 2,400 students, 100 students have 504 plans and 180 students have IEPs. The accommodations for both range from copies of notes to preferential seating to test taking. For test taking, the accommodations can include verbal tests, scribes, chunked questions, alternate testing site (testing center), and use of notes. Currently, both types of students are served in the classroom or the testing center. The classroom accommodations are the responsibility of the student and teacher and the testing center accommodations are the responsibility of the student and the testing center coordinator.

At the end of the last school year, staffing was cut. Special education support staff was reduced by one employee, the testing center coordinator. Special education teachers will continue to accommodate their students through their programs and with their current staff. Special education class sizes are 17 or lower.

The issue for regular classroom teachers is how to provide the testing accommodation for the 504 students. Regular classroom teachers can have 40 students in a class and total contacts that do not exceed 185. They are also responsible for English as a second language learners and their ILLPs. They can have multiple students with 504s, IEPs for inclusion, ILLPs, and gifted students. They are responsible for all levels of learning in their classroom. Many do this through differentiated learning, cooperative groups, project-based learning, and peer work. These do not address the alternate testing site for 504 students.

Teachers are upset because they feel they cannot meet everyone’s needs. They are uncomfortable with students sitting in the halls to take a test. Parents are not happy with the change in the testing center and want an employee assigned to monitor the testing center. They do not understand why the district would cut this very important position. Special education teachers feel bad they cannot continue to help. Students are frustrated because the routines they have had established for so long are changing. They feel deserted and are now worried about their success.

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Case Study: Special Education – Rubric

Case Analysis 1-3 5 points

Criteria Description

Case Analysis 1-3

5. Target 5 points

Analysis skillfully and convincingly summarizes the case, identifies the issues to be

resolved, and identifies the stakeholders involved in the issues.

4. Acceptable 4.35 points

Analysis accurately summarizes the case, identifies the issues to be resolved, and

identifies the stakeholders involved in the issues.

3. Approaching 3.7 points

Analysis minimally summarizes the case, identifies the issues to be resolved, and

identifies the stakeholders involved in the issues.

2. Insufficient 3.45 points

Analysis inadequately summarizes the case, identifies the issues to be resolved, and

identifies the stakeholders involved in the issues.

1. No Submission 0 points

Not addressed.

Case Analysis 4-5 5 points

Criteria Description

Case Analysis 4-5

5. Target 5 points

Identifies compelling existing laws or court rulings and district policies related to

the issues.

4. Acceptable 4.35 points

Clearly identifies existing laws or court rulings and district policies related to the

issues.

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3. Approaching 3.7 points

Vaguely identifies existing laws or court rulings and district policies related to the

issues.

2. Insufficient 3.45 points

Ineffectively identifies existing laws or court rulings and district policies related to

the issues.

Case Analysis 6-8 10 points

Criteria Description

Case Analysis 6-8

5. Target 10 points

Identifies exceptional possible solutions to the issues and insightfully selects ideal

solutions for resolving the issues. Action steps and timeline are thoughtful and

realistic.

4. Acceptable 8.7 points

Identifies possible solutions to the issues and ambiguously selects solutions for

resolving the issues. Action steps and timeline are weak.

3. Approaching 7.4 points

Identifies logical possible solutions to the issues and appropriately selects

competent solutions for resolving the issues. Action steps and timeline are suitable.

2. Insufficient 6.9 points

Identifies incomprehensible solutions to the issues and selects poor solutions for

resolving the issues. Action steps and timeline are irrelevant.

1. No Submission 0 points

Not addressed.

Case Analysis 9 5 points

Criteria Description

Case Analysis 9

5. Target 5 points

Moral and legal consequences of proposed solutions are thorough and proficiently

explained.

4. Acceptable 4.35 points

Moral and legal conseque

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