The mission of the Instructional Services Program is to provide the services necessary to educate children who are deaf so they may possess the necessary skills to become self-sufficient.
The goal of the Instructional Services Program is to continue to utilize all instructional learning situations in which deaf children can learn in order to prepare them for orderly transition from prepatory level through high school graduation and into society.
The Instructional Services Program provides comprehensive educational services to educate children who are deaf or hard of hearing from birth to 21 years of age so they may possess the necessary skills to become self-sufficient. Because the incidence of hearing impairment at birth is normally quite low, relatively few school programs are organized to meet the needs of the students who are hearing impaired. Students are referred to the school by their local population and programs of the school. Every student receives a comprehensive psychological evaluation, and counseling is available to both students and parents. Students at the school, including those in academic as well as vocational programs, have individual educational plans (IEPs) developed for each school year. These plans offer "mainstreaming" when appropriate to meet the child's educational needs as required by the state plan for special education. The regular curriculum of the school is accredited by the State Department of Education and includes all essential academic subjects, hearing tests and evaluations, training related to use of a hearing aid, and auditory training. The school also provides the local educational agencies (LEA) opportunities to receive resource assistance through observations and consultations. In addition, sign language communication training for the staff and parents is provided by the school.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. The Instructional Services Program will have approximately 95% of the school's students achieving at least 70% of annual IEP goals in FY 1998-99.
2. The Instructional Services Program will graduate 15 students with a high school diploma in FY 1998-99.
3. In FY 1998-99, approximately 27% of the students will take the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) test.
4. The Instructional Services Program will ensure that the student to classroom teacher ratio will not exceed 5:3:1 in FY 1998-99.
5. The Instructional Services Program will ensure that the instructional cost as a percentage of the appropriation will not exceed 50% in FY 1998-99.
6. The Instructional Services Program will continue to maintain current levels of counseling service to students, parents, and professionals in FY 1998-99.
7. The Instructional Services Program will continue to work with parents and children, ages birth to 21, in homes, day care centers, etc. to educate them about hearing impairments and will make approximately 550 home visits in FY 1998-99.
8. The Instructional Services Program will continue to provide students with a continuation of their regular programs to help them progress and meet their social and academic skill development needs in FY 1998-99.
1 Seven additional students from the remedial program participated in Driver's Education part-time.
9. The Instructional Services Program will continue to develop LSD as a statewide resource center on deafness through the provision of activities and services to the hearing impaired in FY 1998-99.
10. The Instructional Services Program will continue to provide interpreter services to deaf students, and also provide sign language classes to parents and the general public.
11. In FY 1998-99, the Instructional Services Program will administer approximately 259 achievement tests.
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with the general fund, interagency transfers, and fees and self-generated revenues. The Department of education transfers funds to this program from the following: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B which provides funds to assist in providing a free appropriate public education to all handicapped children; that part of IDEA-B which provides funds to assist in providing a free appropriate public education to preschool age (3-5) handicapped children; the Title VI Innovative Education program, which provides federal block grants to improve education for pre-school, elementary and secondary students; the Professional Improvement Program (PIP) which provides salary increments for instructors; the Extended School Year Program (ESYP) in compliance with the Laura I. consent decree; the Drug-Free schools and Communities Program; Security Act (EESA), which provides state grants for strengthening the skills of teachers and instruction in mathematics and science; and the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program to provide nutritious meals for the health and well-being of our students. In addition, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education transfers funds to this program from the Louisiana Quality Support Education [8(g)] Fund to reimburse allowable expenditures in accordance with approved services delivered to eligible students. The fees and self-generated revenues funding this program are derived from athletic receipts and facility use fees; student teacher training and internship stipends from colleges and universities; television media and captioned film sales; and fees from sign language classes and interpreting services.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 104.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 82.8% of the total request ($7,380,422) for this program. The changes in this program are primarily due to an increase in funding for equipment and major repairs, full funding of all recommended positions and an increase in funding for deaf certification and degrees. The remaining balance is due to statewide adjustments.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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