Special Education Matters in Klein ISD

August 4, 2011

 Programs draw special needs families to the district

Klein ISD’s Special Education program has made noticeable strides over the years both in and out of the classroom. The program garnered its highest rating ever by the Local Education Agencies (LEA), and was placed among the 46 percent state-wide to “Meet Requirements” on all four LEA determinations. From 2009-11, the program also saw an increase in scores among special education students on the TAKS test, boasting increases of 22 percent in reading and 30 percent in math.

Klein ISD offers three levels of special education services for students with special needs and their parents. The first begins with identification and evaluation through initiatives such as Child Find and assessment tactics to properly identify special needs students. Next, a continuum of services is offered by a highly-qualified and dedicated staff committed to providing the best possible education in the least restrictive environment for each child. Lastly, KISD offers a variety of special services ranging from counseling, occupational and physical therapy, visually impaired, transitional, and much more.

“Klein is by far the best Special Education program that I’ve seen,” noted Robin Rettie, educational advocate and consultant to parents with special needs children. “Of all the districts I work with, Klein is the most progressive and supportive. I am continuously impressed with the quality of programs offered.”

Dr. Mary Rosenberg, executive director of student support services at Klein ISD, said there are several programs that have been very successful during her tenure. Three currently being implemented that are exclusive to KISD include the Equine Experience, Partnering Animals with Success (PAWS) and Ropes. Despite her reputation, Rosenberg credits her staff for the successes of these students and the program.

“Yearly, we get calls from parents who are interested in relocating to our district because of the programs we offer,” said Rosenberg. “We constantly strive to grow and improve through input from our parents, community and students to maintain a high-level of instruction for these students.”

Special Education is among the growing areas in education today. In 2010-11, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) reported nearly 443,000 students received special education services in Texas. Among this Region 4, which includes Klein ISD and all school districts in Harris County, had the highest number of students than any other region in the state at 86,896. With more than 3,500 special needs students last year alone, Klein ISD continues to position its Special Education program among the top in the state.

“The favorite part of my job is the innovation for programming for our kids, all of which are evident through the opportunities and programs Klein ISD offers these students and their parents,” Rosenberg boasted.

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