• Special Education Service Delivery Models and Programs

    The Special Education Department in Portland Public Schools believe that students and families belong in their neighborhood school and community through meaningful engagement in core curriculum and authentic relationships to prepare them for  life, career, and community.  

    Special Education services are based on each eligible student’s unique educational needs. Every student receiving special education services has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) which defines what services and supports that student receives. 

    Placement is informed by the IEP and defines the setting, intensity, and instructional content of each student’s services.  Within Portland Public Schools, each IEP team determines the setting, intensity, and instructional content.

    • Setting:  the amount of time a student is educated within the core curriculum and the amount of time the student receives supplemental special education services within a specialized environment  
    • Intensity: the amount of supplemental aids and services, specially designed instruction, and related services required for a student to progress on their IEP team determined goals and access to core instruction.
      • Supplemental aids and services: Aids, services and other supports that are provided in general education classes or other education-related settings and in extracurricular and nonacademic settings to enable children with disabilities to be educated with children without disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate.
      • Specially Designed Instruction:  adapting, as appropriate to the needs of an eligible child under this part, the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs of the child that result from the child's disability; and to ensure access of the child to the general curriculum, so that he or she can meet the educational standards.
      • Related Services: Includes transportation and such developmental, corrective and other supportive services as are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education, and includes but is not limited to; orientation and mobility services, speech language pathology and audiology services, interpreting services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy.
    • Instructional Content:  The core Instructional content is aligned  with standards to ensure learners achieve educational standards.  The IEP outlines where each student is performing in relationship to the grade level standards and describes the services, goals, and accommodations needed to make learning progress toward the standards.   Some levels of need may require modification to the grade level standard.

    Assignment and Service Locations – A student’s assignment is the location where they attend school. The district determines assignment, after considering the student’s placement and services. When possible and appropriate, students receiving special education services will be served in their neighborhood school.

    • Learning Center Support

    Some students may have focused service school assignments due to the complexity of their needs and services. If you have questions about what exactly a focused services entails you may access information for specific focused services here:

    • Communication/Behavior Support Classrooms
    • Socio-emotional Support Classrooms
    • Intensive Skills Classrooms
    • Special Schools
    • Home Instruction

Special Education Service Delivery Models

  • Learning Center

  • Social Emotional Skills Classrooms

  • Communication Behavior Classrooms

  • Intensive Skills Center Classrooms

  • Special School

  • Home Instruction

Special Education Programs

  • Pioneer Special Programs

  • Community Transition Program

  • Transportation

    Students who receive special education services at a school that is not their home school may qualify for transportation services. Transportation services are listed as a related service on the student’s IEP. The school team will work with the families to complete a TD-7 form.