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Survey: Schools can improve on special ed resources info

Published: 12/17/2019 1:34:01 PM

New Hampshire schools are doing well in communicating with most families of special education students, but could better inform them of available resources, according to a survey of parents released by the state Department of Education on Tuesday.

The survey taken this spring showed that 48% of families of K-12 students agreed that their child’s school has helped them find resources such as after-school programs and social services. The same percentage of preschool families agreed that their child’s school helped them connect families with one another for mutual support.

Another finding of the survey was that family responses vary depending on the child’s disability, with parents of children with autism or multiple disabilities reporting less favorable perceptions than other families with developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, or speech or language impairments.

“This report not only gives us good data on family perceptions and capacities, but provides local special education providers with guidance on how to better communicate with families,” Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut said in a statement.

The survey by Panorama Education collected 1,360 responses out of 13,000 sent to school districts. The results provide data for reporting requirements for the department’s Special Education State Performance Plan.




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