What do we mean by Intersections in Education?
Washington has far too many students who are excluded from general education resulting in school failure and life long implications.
Inclusion is about access, opportunity and all learners being engaged in academic and non-academic learning and extracurriclar activities that are meaningful for them. Inclusion improves outcomes for all learners, sets a foundation for a non-discriminatory society, and can change attitudes towards diversity.
An inclusive education system can only exist if we become better at full integration of students with disabilities in their schools and communities. This requires us to be proactive in identifying and removing barriers our education system creates for students and ensuring our systems of support are coordinated and responsive to student needs.
The purpose of this document is to provide guiding principles to be used as general direction for development and review of policies that lead to inclusion in education and improved outcomes for students with disabilities in Washington State.
How do systems intersect?