How Important is Communication?
The necessity to help children adapt has lead into several areas of communication. Some students with severe communication challenges use a system of symbols called Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). PEC’s is a researched based strategy. These accommodations helped students to be able to communicate their feelings, needs and wants.
At Rockhaven, the Communication programming has touch screen computers, IPADS, Smartboards and other technology, for those who have challenges with their fine motor skills, in operating a mouse. There are also other computer programs that are designed specifically for exceptional students to transition them smoothly throughout their day.
ASSESSMENT AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLANNING
The primary purpose of student assessment is to improve learning. Assessment has the greatest potential to improve learning when it is an integral part of classroom activities. Teachers assess student progress towards achieving the expectations on an ongoing basis by using strategies such as projects, class presentations, assignments, classroom observations portfolios of student work and ABLLS – The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills
Schools use assessment information and information from other sources to make informed decisions for school improvement planning. Schools identify areas of strength as well as areas that require improvement. Input is obtained from a variety of sources such as student assessments, teacher feedback and parent feedback. In this way, schools monitor, celebrate and improve their efforts in providing a supportive and challenging learning environment for all their students.