Senior Year IEP meeting in Missouri; special education graduation

IEP students in Missouri can continue to receive services from the school district up rsz_teen-readingthrough age 21 if the student has not “graduated” or met credits necessary for graduation; the guardian or 18year-old-student must make it known well before graduation that this is their intent; usually done in writing.  These services do not necessarily have to be in the traditional classroom setting at the local high school building. Some students use neighboring school districts’ programs or community programs.  “Transition” programs can be broad.

Acquiring a “diploma” versus acquiring a “certificate of completion”  may make a difference on how a parent and student want their high school years to look.

Here’s a link to explore ideas to prepare for life after high school known as “transition:   (link opens new page)

When a student turns 18, he makes educational decisions in IEP meetings unless a court has appointed a guardian for him  for educational decision-making.  An 18-year-old student can inform the IEP team of his decision to not officially graduate so he can continue to receive services from the school.  He can indicate he wants to participate in graduation ceremonies but not yet “officially” graduate.

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School says “we’ll test in third grade” for learning disabilities IEP

ImageA family moved to the midwest from another state where the parent was told her child could not get tested until third grade for learning disabilities. The mother asked for help for her child in first grade.  After moving to the midwest, the public school district personnel told the mother that she could not get an IEP for dyslexia, and, that the mother would have to go get the child tested somewhere by a medical person.  The mother was in the pipeline for medical testing at a major hospital  for most of a school year.  Meanwhile the child struggles and gets further behind.

This agreeable parent was just too nice!  And what did niceness accomplish?rsz_wheretonow-201x300

Unfortunately too many time this advocate is the bearer of bad news…I told the parent she had been bamboozled or either terribly misinformed.

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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

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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Missouri Special Education Advocates

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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Spring IEP meetings parents dread in Missouri

Sweaty palms are common among parents who are approaching that annual IEP meeting.  One of these meetings is called the “review of existing data” (RED) meeting.

In the RED meeting, the school personnel determine if more information is needed in order to make decisions regarding pursuit of a new or different label for a child, or, if more information is NOT needed about the child.

Many times school personnel will suggest that more information is NOT needed since the student is “doing fine”, “everything’s okay”, etc.   The parent is then asked to sign that testing is not needed (a waiver).  Parent beware!  Waiving testing at this point may result in unknown needs of the student going unaddressed!  We parents get busy and fail to recognize the need, or, perhaps the changes the child is experiencing as he ages through the years.  And, since schools are busy places, they don’t always want to take the time to test our kids.

If a parent decides that “more information is needed” a parent can request so and indicate which tests need to be done.  Parents can carefully consider repeating some of the same tests done previously; so that a parent can then be consistent in tracking a students progress (or lack of progress).  A parent can ask the school person in the meeting (who is the designated person who is knowledge about educational evaluations) specifics about possible tests for inappropriate classroom behaviors, neuropsych evaluations, behavior analysis, adaptive behaviors, social skills, etc.

These meetings can be intimidating for a parent.   Advocates at the iep center help parents prepare for these meetings over the phone and skype consults. What a parent doesn’t do now impacts a child’s education for years. Contact an advocate below:

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