1. Q
    ARE AGE NORMS OR GRADE NORMS USED FOR ACADEMIC TESTS?
    The two Woodcock tests use grade norms for their academic testing. The K-TEA test utilizes age norms for their standardized tests, as recommended by the author.
  2. Q
    ARE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT PLANS CREATED FOR EACH STUDENT?
    Each educational facility has a school-wide behavior support program for all students, and careful review and explanation of the school expectations should be addressed with all students under the direction on an IEP. For the students with a history of behavior problems, an Individualized Behavior Support Plan should be developed, making sure to receive input from the whole IEP team.
  3. Q
    ARE DIFFERENTIAL STANDARDS OR ACCOMMODATIONS UTILIZED?
    Differential Standards for grading were once utilized, but recently the general consensus has been that while specific accommodations must certainly be made, in no way are the standards to be changed for students. So differentials in grading are no longer utilized. Instead of differential standards, the IEP team must continue to work to design accommodations related to each student's disabilities so that the odds are evened and students with disabilities have an equal opportunity for success.
  4. Q
    ARE IEP PROGRESS REPORTS SENT OUT REGULARLY?
    IEP progress reports are sent out showing progress made on various benchmarks and goals. The progress reports are send out corresponding with report cards being sent home.
  5. Q
    CAN A SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENT BE EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL?
    A special education student can be expelled from school for the same reasons a general education student can be expelled. However, very careful consideration and strict adherence to due process procedures should be followed, if any of special education students be recommended for expulsion.
  6. Q
    CAN A SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENT BE SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL?
    A special education student can be suspended from school for the same reasons a general education student can be suspended. Some schools have alternatives to suspension in place to teach students expected behaviors. However if a special education student is suspended excessively, the IEP team must meet to determine most appropriate placement and course of action.
  7. Q
    Can students be involved in developing their own IEPs?
    Yes, they certainly can be!
  8. Q
    IS AN INDIVIDUAL TRANSITION PLAN (ITP) FOR EACH STUDENT INCLUDED?
    An Individual Transition Plan (ITP) is included as part of a student’s IEP when they are approaching 14 years of age.
  9. Q
    WHAT ARE KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS?
    Key Performance Indicators are specific areas that the state has identified as indicative of a quality program. Yes, we have a list of the top twelve. To view them click here
  10. Q
    When is the IEP developed?
    An IEP meeting must be held within 30 calendar days after it is determined that a child has one of the disabilities
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