“As needed” on IEP accommodation form no longer acceptable

Schools for decades used “as needed” on our kids’ IEP modification forms which allowed school staff to use discretion on if/when an accommodation is provided.  MODESE recently saw the light and has now determined “as needed” without descriptors is no longer acceptable. rsz_wheretonow-201x300

The Oct. 17, 2014, update from MODESE Special Ed compliance section:

Indicator 200.850.d (Frequency of Program Modifications and Accommodations):  Indicator 200.850.d requires the IEP to state how often program modifications and accommodation will occur (i.e. -, daily, weekly, monthly).  The frequency of “as needed” was removed as an option on the model Form F because it is not a clear description of the frequency.  If an IEP team determines that an accommodation or modification is to be provided “as needed,” then we would expect a description of how “as needed” will be determined.  The IEP must be clear to parents and LEA staff so that it can be implemented as written.

This new requirement may make a huge difference in how our kid’s day at school plays out.

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WHAT is in your student’s school records?

A parent might be surprised to see what’s in the records at the school…about the PARENT!
Some parents cordially ask the school office secretary to arrange to view the student records the following day…so the parent can get info from it to “give to the doctor”…
the files may contain test scores, attendance records, nurses notes, discipline notes…interestingly the e-mails between staff may not be present. A request is made for the e-mails that personally identify the student…and here is where the “dirt” may be found. Sometimes references to other activities the district is pursuing is mentioned in relationship with the name of the parent.
In Missouri, a “sunshine” law exists that is to allow for open records by public agencies…visit the Missouri Attorney General’s website for info. Pursuing “sunshine” requests can open a whole new world of info to the public about the operations of public schools.