Missouri parents enroll IEP students

As parents in Missouri enroll their IEP student for school year 2015-16, they may not be aware school’s  staff doesn’t really understand the needs of the child.  This is why the Congress put the IEP process into place and the opportunity for a parent to trigger evaluations.the-iep-center (800x640)

Parents can check to see how many years’ have passed since the school last did a COMPLETE evaluation of the child to assess all areas of SUSPECTED disability.  Parents can request the school do this after one year has passed.  Parents can submit their private evaluations from outside professionals at any time to the school.

Also, parents can trigger the school to pay for outside evaluations, called “Independent Educational Evaluations”.  There are parameters for this including that it is triggered by the parent as a result of the parent’s disagreement with the evaluation conducted by the school district.

Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE) often prove helpful to both the student and staff since the IEE often points out areas that need to be addressed.NICHCYphotomagnifyglass3-198x300

Delays in taking action to get support for a child may have ramifications.  It is usually beneficial if the parent pursues correction early since issues may snowball into larger problems.

Parents in Missouri who need help dealing with the public school for their child with an IEP can consult with a professional special education advocate at The IEP Center.   Advocates also help parents when the parent wants an advocate to go to a meeting at the school with them!  Never go alone.

Parents often need to work to make sure the pubic school system isn’t failing their child.  Passing grades doesn’t necessarily mean your child is learning.

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Summer school is not Extended School Year for IEP kids

An Administrator in a school district is telling parents that Extended School Year is only for IEP students with the most severe disabilities and is only to prevent regression. Parents can share with the administrator the MODESE state information http://dese.mo.gov/se/compliance/Q&A/ESY.htmlthe-iep-center

Our kids with IEPs can participate in “summer school” since it is open to all students in the district, if the district is offering it this summer.  Many times our kids need “accommodations” so they can access this program successfully; write the accommodations your child needs on the enrollment form.

ESY is only for an IEP student to work on a few goals from the IEP.

It is possible for an IEP student to participate in both ESY and summer school.

Advocates at The IEP Center can help a parent sort out what the school is proposing or not proposing.  Don’t be bamboozled!rsz_enthusiasticlearner-300x199

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Spring IEP meetings often cover programming for a student (who has an IEP) for the summer.  Parents need to understand the difference between “summer school” or “extended school year”.

Typically, summer school is something the district offers to all children in the district, regardless of any disability.  Many times it lasts a few weeks and has enrichment activities,  or often in high school provides credit recovery.

“Extended school year” is specifically for students who have IEPs, and is an opportunity for the student to work on specific goals in the IEP.  The intent is for the student to maintain skill(s) across the summer.  Since this is an IEP team decision, it is individualized for the student and written into the IEP.

When school district folks on the IEP team present a student’s eligibility for ESY, they sometimes mention only “regression” they’ve seen perhaps over winter or spring break.  However, that…

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