Keeping kids and families from getting special education services is now an Orwellian project at CPS... Claypool has privatized IEP work through a corporation called 'Lakeshore Learning' and some thing called SANDI...

As soon as some regular Board watchers heard Chicago Public Schools "Chief Executive Officer" Forrest Claypool and "Chief Education Officer" Janice Jackson repeat over and over and over that all IEPs would be "honored," we knew the fix had to be in. In order to reduce services to children with disabilities, all Claypool would then have to do was strangle the IEPs from school to "Network" to the central office's "Office of Diverse Learners Support Services" (still the OODLSS). But even the most cynical didn't suspect that Claypool would add an additional choke point against students with disabilities and their families by also privatizing the IEP process.

Across the city, Chicago's real neighborhood schools were being forced, by Claypool and the Board, into another round of vicious cuts. Among those impacted by the cuts have been special education students and those on staff who serve them. With the claim that every students with an "IEP" would be "served," Claypool and Jackson wrote in Orwellian dodge into the latest round of CPS's lexicon of obfuscations and obliterations. The trick, then, from a bureaucratic point of view, was for Claypool and Jackson to make getting an IEP a sort of Olympic event, like the high hurdles. Establish enough hurdles, and most people needing the IEP will lose this localized version of "Race To The Top."

But that's exactly what's happening this week, as principals have been ordered to send their staff to learn about a program called SANDI, which is produced by a corporation called "Lakeshore Learning." Naturally, the corporate version of all this explains how wonderful it all is for the schools, districts, etc., etc. etc. The Orwellian part is left out, except as we watch this unfold in the faces of Chicago's most vulnerable children and the schools that have to serve them.

Principals recently received the following memo about SANDI from OODLSS.

Good afternoon. I am following up with all principals whose school is hosting a primary level (K-2) program for students with IEPs who require a significantly modified curriculum. The Office of Assessment in collaboration with ODLSS will be using the SANDI assessment tool ( for this population of students with the BOY testing window beginning in September - November. Prior to the initial rollout, teachers implementing this assessment will need to be trained if they have not already been trained.

We have established the training date and site and I am sending the information regarding the upcoming training for schools who indicated that the teacher(s) needed the SANDI training in order to complete the SANDI assessment. The following class will be available in the Learning Hub for teachers to sign up on Monday, August 29.

Title: SANDI Assessment Training

Class code - 605990

Description: Training for new K-2 cluster program teachers on the SANDI assessment. The SANDI assessment is specifically designed for students that require a significantly modified curriculum. All K-2 teachers in cluster programs required are required to give the SANDI twice a year. Training Date: September 1

Location: Funston Elementary, 2010 N CENTRAL PARK Ave Chicago, IL 60647

Time: 8:30am-3:30pm

For schools who have not completed the survey, please complete the Google Sheet to indicate information regarding your Primary Level LBS1 Teachers: as soon as possible. The Google sheet will assist with ensuring that your teacher(s) have access to the SANDI assessment. If you have questions, please feel free to email me at I will be participating in beginning of year meetings Monday and Tuesday but will respond to emails as possible. Otherwise, feel free to reach out to Kate Nestler in the Department of Assessment at 773-553-2319.

Thank you for your follow-up. Have a wonderful weekend!

Julie Monahan l Director

Office of Diverse Learner Supports + Services l Chicago Public Schools 42 W Madison, 2nd Fl, Chicago, IL 60602

Office No. 773-553-3353I l Email:


August 31, 2016 at 7:34 AM

By: Susan Ohanian

Privatizing IEP

Nowhere on their website does Lakeshore Learning offer names of people offering staff development. They do show lots of products for sale: free lesson plans, worksheet, craft ideas, and lots of WordSearch sheets to keep kids busy.

September 3, 2016 at 5:26 PM

By: Florence Beller

Privatizing IEP - SANDI

Found this info on-line: For SANDI and Lakeshore:

The Lakeshore site states that it was created by the Riverside County Office of Education in California.


SANDI stands for Student Annual Needs Determination Inventory - Access to New State standards for Students with Intellectual Disabilities.

(By the way, the Sacramento County Office of Education is VERY CHARTER friendly and approves them even when local school boards turn them down. I don't know if it's the same with the Riverside County Office of Ed.)

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