The Board of Education unanimously approved having consultant group District Management Council (DMC) perform a review of the district’s special education services during its Feb. 5 meeting.
Assistant Superintendent of Special Services Ann Paul told the board during its Dec. 4 meeting that she and other administrators were searching for a consultant group to conduct a review after learning that Wilton students with disabilities “continue to under-perform as related to students without disabilities.”
After reviewing proposals from three consultant groups, the board’s Teaching and Learning Subcommittee selected DMC to conduct its review, known as “A Special Education and Struggling Students Opportunities Review.”
Board and subcommittee member Lory Rothstein said DMC “stood head and shoulders above the other two,” particularly when it came to accountability and the way in which staff and other stakeholders are included in the process.
Superintendent Kevin Smith agreed, saying the other two proposals were “less involved” and DMC’s proposal was “by far, the most comprehensive.”
“We really need to do a deep study on our special education services and really come to an understanding of the ways we’re serving kids well and the areas we need to improve,” he said. “The DMC proposal really captured that very, very well.”