The Right Parent Advocate Strives for THE IEP vs An IEP
What Might Happen Without Help vs The Right Parent Advocate
James was starting 5th grade. The parents were sitting down with your child’s team at school to develop a new Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for the following 12 months.
The school shares that their son’s reading fluency was a grade below grade level and that is their area of focus. They were also concerned with comprehension and suggested some goals to:
- Improve the student’s reading fluency to grade level
- Answer who, what, where and why questions correctly four out of five times
The key accommodations the parents had requested were that:
- Their child get extra time for the test — preferably time and a half
- Their child get to take the test in an alternate setting with fewer students
- Their child take the test for a shorter period each day and over more days – students often lose focus when they get a great deal of extra time on the same day
The school told the parents that spreading a section over two days was not allowable accommodation, but other than that, the parents and the school were on the same page. They said with the new Computer-based tests, each section must be completed within the same day
The three challenges with this IEP discussion are:
Since the IEP was written for a public school student in Florida, the list of acceptable accommodations is provided in the FSA Assessment Accommodations. Point 33 of this book says:
No. Each computer-based test session must be completed within one school day. A student with a flexible scheduling accommodation that requires more than one day to complete a test session must participate in testing using paper-based materials. The student’s eligibility for paper-based accommodations (i.e., flexible scheduling that requires multiple days for one test session) should be documented and submitted to the Bureau of K- 12 Student Assessment.
We never assume we know all the allowable accommodations, but we know where to check.
We have literally seen hundreds of IEPs written like this, there may be some back and forth, but usually the meetings end reasonably amicably. There were three big challenges with this IEP:
- The student’s reading comprehension was 3 years below grade level and the student needed a reading comprehension goal that called for two years growth and actions that would support achieving that goal
- The requested accommodation could and should have been granted
- This student proceeded to have a really hard time in 5th grade and his parents moved him to a private school
In our program we differentiate between words like a and the.
An IEP is like any other IEP.
The IEP is one that gets your child from where your child is at to where your child can be. It should include:
- The student’s present level of performance on the key items and reading comprehension is often the key one
- Sets goals that are bold and achievable – this child could and should have been much close to grade level
- Allowed the student to get the accommodations that were needed and allowed
At 3D Learner we strive to get The Right IEP for your child and to do it in a collaborative way.
What we provide is an outside assessment of your child’s reading comprehension, a focus on getting the right IEP and the negotiating skills to either get what your child needs or come very close, and to adjourn the meeting without signing off, if there is a legitimate difference of opinion.
You may want to read our article on Collaboration vs. Confrontation
If you would like help from someone who strives for The IEP with the right Parent Advocate, call us at (561)361-7495.
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