New York State certified school psychologists are required to complete a master's level degree with the additional completion of an extensive internship, typically one school year in duration. School psychologists employed within the Rome City School District engage in a variety of activities, including: psycho-educational evaluations, individual and small group counseling, classroom consultation, chairing building-level Committees on Special Education (CSE), participating in Academic Intervention Services (AIS) meetings and crisis intervention.

Psycho-educational evaluations can be extensive and include the administration of tests designed to explore a student’s academic, intellectual, perceptual, memory, behavioral and social/emotional functioning. Results and recommendations are then integrated into a more comprehensive team evaluation and presented to Committee on Special Education. Counseling services are offered to address behavioral and emotional issues that hinder a student’s academic success in school. Consultation services are provided at the building-level to investigate a student’s learning, management and emotional needs and provide strategies to appropriate staff to enhance success within the school setting.

Finally, school psychologists in the Rome District chair Committees on Special Education in their assigned buildings. They are responsible for scheduling meetings to develop initial Individual Educational Programs (IEP’s) or review/amend IEP’s already in place. As the CSE Chair, ongoing training is required for the school psychologist to keep abreast of changing regular and special education laws as well as newly developed evaluation instruments. Children ages 2 ½ to 5 with remedial needs are serviced through Committee on Preschool Special Education.
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