ASAP® Case Study Assessments for school leaders are aligned to specific state standards and proficiency areas. Districts can assign a combination of case study assessments for a more complete picture of a participant’s areas of strength and need based on the standards and areas of proficiency they wish to focus on. Case studies can also be selected based on their alignment with district learning initiatives to determine if specific learning objectives are being met.
In their ASAP Accounts, participants are given a case study to read and a series of questions that must be answered. Responses are to be no more than 2,000 words, typed in Microsoft Word, saved and uploaded to the website. District administrators are provided with a conceptual framework, a table of standards alignments, a copy of each participants response and a scoring rubric including examples of typical responses at three levels: exceptional, standard, and below standard. Case studies are to be marked by the school district.
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Case Study: Continuum of Services
As principal, it is the school leader’s obligation to ensure that all students receive access to a quality education. Students who have been identified as Exceptional Children receive services to assist them with supports for the curriculum and accommodations for instruction and testing. Special education is viewed less as a place and more as an integrated system of academic and social supports designed to help students receiving these services succeed within the least restrictive environment (Council for Exceptional Children [CEC], 2001; Sage & Burrello, 1994; Walther-Thomas, Korinek, McLaughlin, & Williams, 2000).
It is the responsibility of the principal to serve as, and/or delegate, an appropriately qualified individual to serve as the Local Education Agency (LEA) representative in the school. The LEA representative has authority and responsibility for singing off on all legal paperwork identifying the needed services for each student, and ensuring resources are provided to meet the needs of each student receiving such services in the school. This case examines a scenario in which there appears to be a disconnect between responsibilities and actions, but offers no solutions; learners will demonstrate proficiency in the given areas by responding to the questions following the case.