Resources For Special Educators

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Section 504

What Is a Section 504 Plan?

Section 504 plans, also known as 504 forms, are documents that provide students with disabilities services and/or accommodations to their education. These plans are meant

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IEP vs. 504 Plan – What You Need to Know

Did you know that one out of eight public schools does not have a single 504 plan? According to a 2018 analysis by Professor Perry Zirkel of Lehigh University, together with the Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) on 504 plans, there is a “dramatically significant pattern of suspected under-identification.” This means several eligible students with disabilities do not have a 504 plan and may not have access to special education services, related services, and accommodations.

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IEP Process

What Are the 7 Steps in the IEP Process?

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written document for students with disabilities that have been evaluated and are eligible for special services. It is a plan for educating children with disabilities who need specially-designed instruction, special education, and related services. 

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Special Education

What Is FAPE? Special Education and the Law

FAPE is an acronym that is often heard within the special education community. It stands for “free appropriate public education,” a right that all students with disabilities are entitled to receive. This article will take a closer look at FAPE and explore what it means for students, educators, parents, and guardians.

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endrew f vs douglas county

Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District

This special education case is the Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, which now provides a “substantive standard on whether a child’s IEP is sufficient to confer an educational benefit on a child with a disability.”

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IEP Data Collection

5 Tips For IEP Data Collection That You Need To Know

IEP data collection is the foundation for progress monitoring. Data collected during an IEP process may include attendance, behavior, academics, social/emotional, and other focus areas—all tracking student progress over time. These data points help the IEP team make informed decisions around the children’s learning experience.

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Baseline Data

Establishing Baseline Data in an IEP

Baseline data is the information gathered about a student before any intervention. It allows teachers to see the student’s Present Level in terms of knowledge and skills, so they know how much time, support, or services they need to reach goals and attain student success.

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