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Monett, MO: SPED numbers grow; staff trained in behavioral intervention

Nov 3, 2017, Monett (MO) Times: Special education schooling grows in Monett http://www.monett-times.com/story/2458062.html Student numbers increasing, new state mandates coming Challenges continue for the special education program in the Monett school district as the number of students needing individual education programs (IEPs), alternative intervention strategies and classroom accommodations and modifications continues to grow…. Fare noted that in December 2011, the count was 267. This is the first year the count in the first half of the year has topped 400. The percentage of students in Monett with an IEP, from kindergarten through high school, compared to the entire student body is 15.72 percent, Fare reported. That number is higher than the state average rate of 12.89 percent. … New this year will be universal screening of students for dyslexia, as mandated by Missouri House Bill 921. DESE will provide guidelines and procedures beginning in December for meeting the new requirements, due for full implementation in the 2018-2019 school year. Fare and staff members Crystal Ellifrits and Lori Schmidt attended dyslexia training in October. This is the first year that the majority of the staff at all the buildings have been trained in Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST), providing a systematic approach to support students with significant behavior challenges. Fare considered the amount of lost instrumental time due to students exhibiting behavior that interferes with their learning and the learning of other students as an ongoing concern. …