The Tuscarora IU is eligible to provide services to students attending nonpublic school as mandated in state and federal regulations, and we currently do so in approximately one-third of the nonpublic schools in the county. To the right, you can find some details to help you better understand the categories of services that may be available and the scope of each.
Parents and guardians should please note that nonpublic school student services can vary from those services provided, or are available, in their respective public local education agency (LEA) schools.
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It is a team approach to a problem solving process that allows educators with different expertise to work together with parents to develop effective intervention strategies to help improve the school performance of children.
This process draws from a team of credentialed teachers, educators and specialists in the fields of speech therapy, audiology, and psychology. This brings a holistic approach to creating, implementing and documenting programs that generate both academic results and a more confident and capable student.
This process is used for all Act 89 Programs.
Act 89 services are state funded, supplemental services for Pennsylvania students attending nonpublic schools. These services are intended to provide supplemental support to students in regular education programs (these are not special education services). Examples of remedial services provided through the Tuscarora IU include remedial reading and math, enrichment and psychological services, and speech/language services. Act 89 services are provided to each nonpublic school through consultation with that school Principal and are based on available resources.
Services are provided to students who have difficulty saying sounds and using/ understanding language. Those who require a communication system other than speech, such as communication boards and sign language are provided support in language development. This service is designed to identify and support school age and preschool students with speech and/or language problems such as articulation, fluency, voice and language impairments. Direct or consultative services are provided to the student. Support is often provided to classroom teachers and/or parents to assist in the maintenance and carryover of skills developed through speech and language therapy.
These services provide psycho-educational assessment, counseling and consultative services to school age students in public and nonpublic schools, as well as the early intervention population. Students are referred by their program supervisor or principal. The psychologist participates with the evaluation/IEP team to assess such factors as the student’s intellectual functioning, academic progress, learning style and affective development. School psychologists also consult with and provide suggestions to parents, school and agency personnel regarding behavior management, instructional techniques and emotional development.
Act 89 Enrichment provides students of all ages with supplemental classes and individual tutoring to achieve mastery in the desired content areas. We inspire a desire to learn through marked moments of achievement, followed by the lasting effect of success.
A team process assesses students to determine individual performance levels and learning styles, enabling us to teach directly to the specific needs and educational goals.
Children who have been evaluated and qualified as a student with a disability, and therefore may require specially designed instruction, are eligible to receive consultation services in a nonpublic school through Equitable Participation. The services offered through this program and the TIU include consultation with the teachers and personnel who are working with the student, professional development for staff, and the purchase of supplementary aids and materials to support specially designed instructions for that student.
Title I is a federally funded, supplemental education program that provides financial assistance to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) to improve educational opportunities for educationally deprived or neglected children. Nonpublic schools are eligible to receive their equitable share of the available Title I funds of the LEA. Services are provided by the LEAs in IU#11 to provide remedial services (currently provide reading remediation in 3 of the seven IU’s 9 districts). For additional information, it is important to contact the LEA for the region where the nonpublic school is located.
This is a federally funded supplemental educational program that provides financial assistance to improve the skills of teachers and the quality of instruction in public and private elementary and secondary schools. Nonpublic schools are eligible to receive their equitable share of the available Title II Part A funds of the LEA. Services are provided on behalf of LEAs who contract with the TIU to provide these services.
Boardworks is a downloadable resource that is straightforward and easy to access for all teachers. The resources aren’t reliant on the internet for usage, and can be edited and personalized to seamlessly integrate with existing lesson plans. Boardworks will provide teachers with access to thousands of high quality, interactive animations and student-led activities to increase student participation and engagement across the school.
For more information on these service designations, please use the links provided here:
Other sources of information include:
- PA Department of Education Division of Nonpublic and Private School Services
- US Department of Education Office of Nonpublic Education
Questions? Need further assistance? Please contact us:
Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11
Dr. Brett Gilliland
2527 US Highway 522 South
McVeytown, PA 17051