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Special Schools | Board of Regents Annual Report 2011

Special Schools Special Schools

The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School and the Iowa School for the Deaf shall meet or exceed state academic standards in reading and mathematics

“Beyond serving the special educational needs of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, or blind or visually impaired, Iowa’s Special Schools provide an outstanding statewide advocacy and support network for these children and their families.”

  • Regent Nicole Carroll

The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School and the Iowa School for the Deaf shall meet or exceed state academic standards in reading and mathematics

The Iowa School for the Deaf, located in Council Bluffs, is the statewide resource that provides education and outreach services for students who are deaf or hard of hearing through specialized, high quality instruction, outreach and collaboration, with the goal of literacy for all students in preparation for adult life.

Educating students in life and work skills is an important focus of the Iowa School for the Deaf

The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School and Statewide System for Vision Services, based in Vinton, is dedicated to the education of Iowa children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities, through outreach and equitable access to a continuum of high quality services that meet the highly specialized needs of this student population. The Statewide System for Vision Services, a successful collaboration with the area education agencies, local education agencies, the Department of Education, and the Department for the Blind, has enhanced the efficiency and accessibility of the School’s services by providing for students, in their local school districts, the necessary vision services and orientation and mobility training.

At the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, one-on-one instruction and the use of specialized learning tools are critical to student success.

The Board’s Strategic Plan specifies that the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School and the Iowa School for the Deaf shall meet or exceed state academic standards in reading and mathematics. In FY 2011, the Iowa School for the Deaf met these targets with a 13.3% increase in the number of students reaching the goal for reading, and a 28.3% increase in the number of students reaching the goal in mathematics. (Similar data for the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School was not available for the October 2011 Strategic Plan Progress Report to the Board. However, a report on the School’s efforts is anticipated to be included in the October 2012 report.)