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Special Education

It is the policy of the Windber Area School District that every child shall be provided with the opportunity for a free, appropriate, and public education. Based on Gaskins vs. the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, it is required that school districts increase their capacity to educate students with disabilities in regular education classrooms with appropriate supports. Therefore, students with disabilities in the Windber Area School District are educated with students who do not have disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate. The Windber Area School District is committed to providing all necessary supplemental aids and services available to all exceptional students who need them before considering a more restrictive placement. In addition, these services are designed to provide meaningful educational benefits and are delivered in such a manner that avoids stigmatizing students.
Richard Lucas, Director of Special Education & School Enhancement
 Special Services Coordinator & Homeless Liaison

Windber Area Special Education & Related Services
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Assistive Technology Devices
  • Audiology
  • Behavior Management Programs
  • Blind and Visually Impaired Support
  • Early Identification and Assessment of Disabilities
  • Extended School Year
  • Hearing Impaired Support
  • Homeless Liaison
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Support
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Counseling
  • Social Work Services
  • School-Age Special Education Supports
  • Speech & Language Services
  • Student Assistance Programs
  • Transition Services
  • Vocational Education
PASA Exceeding 1% Participation/Enrollment Rate Statement
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires Pennsylvania to ensure that the total number of students assessed in each subject using the PASA does not exceed one percent of the total number of all students in the state assessed on the statewide assessments. Each local educational agency (LEA) must complete and submit the PASA 1.0 Percent Participation Threshold Justification to BSE if it anticipates that more than 1.0 % of its students enrolled in grades 3-8 and 11 will be assessed using the PASA. A list of LEAs who anticipate exceeding the threshold will be made publicly available on the PDE website, in accordance with 34 CFR 200.6 (c)(3) regulations.  LEAs must also make the document publicly available upon request, removing any personally identifiable information. The Windber Area School District anticipates exceeding the 1.0 percent threshold for PASA participation for the 2019-20 testing cycle.  The necessary justification information has been submitted to the Bureau of Special Education.  Questions on the Windber Area School District participation rates should be directed to Richard E. Lucas, Director of Special Education and School Enhancement at
Parent Public Forum for Pennsylvania's State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report
The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education is pleased to announce the following opportunity.

Parent Public Forum for Pennsylvania's State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report
August 18, 2021
6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Zoom Meeting

During this virtual public forum, The Bureau of Special Education is seeking input and recommendations from parents about targets and improvement strategies that the state should consider for Pennsylvania's State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 2004 requires states to develop a State Performance Plan (SPP) and Annual Performance Report (APR) that includes measurable and rigorous targets for federally required indicators of compliance and results. These targets provide a framework and influence the work of states and local education agencies (LEAs) to guide improvement efforts and achieve positive outcomes for students with disabilities. States are now revising their SPP to cover the six years through Federal Fiscal Year 2025.

The Bureau of Special Education (BSE) will be reviewing and revising its current SPP targets to submit to the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs on February 1, 2022. To accomplish this, the BSE is seeking broad stakeholder input and recommendations about targets and improvement strategies that the state should implement. We invite input from parents, members of parent centers, parents from local and statewide advocacy and advisory committees interested in special education services for students with disabilities.

For parents interested in attending the Parent Forum, please review the information on the SPP/APR website to learn more about the indicators and targets prior to the August 18th session at

For parents unable to attend the Forum, please complete the public comment form to provide feedback regarding the target setting for the SPP Indicators. Input will be received until August 31, 2021.

Registration Information:
You may register online by clicking on the name of the event on the Training Events Calendar at:

For questions regarding the content of the Forum, please email

For general registration information and questions, please contact Karen Weaver at 412-826-6842 or