Supporting Highly Mobile Students with Traveling Data
By Amanda Borer
The road map for highly mobile children can be difficult to manage, especially when it comes to ensuring a quality education to our students with disabilities. Highly mobile children include those students who experience frequent family moves into new school districts, such as military children, children in foster care and homeless children. The periodic educational changes present many challenges to our students learning abilities and can be a data tracking nightmare for the educational team.
The coordination involved in assessments and exchanging records for highly mobile students must be prompt, as it is critical to the student’s educational needs. This prompt exchange is supported under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which mandates that all children with disabilities receive required special education and related services in a timely manner.
How can Unique Learning System support highly mobile students?
Unique Learning System’s data collection center, Unique GPS, provides an array of formative and summative assessments designed specifically to support students with significant disabilities. GPS stands for Goals, Preferences and Skills. While each student’s goals, preferences and skills are unique and the most important factors contributing to educational success, the educational team must continually measure, monitor and adjust instruction to assure that the individual student is optimally participating and making progress within the educational program. The educational program must also have a common format for identifying, assessing and directing a student’s goals, preferences and skills.
The assessments in Unique GPS provide a platform of continuity for special education staff – common assessments, common language, common goals. With this commonality, the educational team can gather meaningful data to drive instruction and chart progress within the Unique Learning System curriculum framework.
What happens to data collected when my student moves?
The GPS is designed to capture data on students that will travel with them throughout their academic years. As students move from one grade level to the next, the data collected will remain in the same student profile, allowing teachers, parents and other members of the team to view progress over time and have one consolidated picture of the student’s academic history.
The data travels with the student as they advance through the grade level bands.
Additionally, the GPS allows student data to transfer from one district to another with the simple press of a button. If a student is transferring to another location that uses Unique Learning System, administrators can request n2y support to move all of the student’s data into the new account, which takes a matter of minutes.
With Unique GPS, there is no need to compile folders or records of information – everything is electronic and in one place. If you oversee a highly mobile student and use Unique Learning System, you can get ahead of the game by becoming familiar with the process for managing students in the GPS and the steps to transferring a student to a new location when ready.
1. Managing Students & Data Fidelity
Teachers and administrators can learn more about managing students in the GPS with this quick video tutorial:
2. GPS Records Release Form
Administrators can download a records release form for transfer of student to another district. The present school must complete the form, obtain parental consent and send to n2y support for student transfer.
3. n2y Customer Support
Contact n2y’s customer support team to transfer a student or receive more information about this process.
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 Highly mobile children with disabilities are also protected by two other Federal laws: Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), which prohibits disability discrimination by entities, such as public schools, that receive Federal financial assistance (29 U.S.C. § 794, 34 CFR part 104); and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Title II), which prohibits disability discrimination by public entities, including public schools, regardless of whether they receive Federal financial assistance (42 U.S.C. §§ 12131-12134, 28 CFR part