District Administration - November 2006 - (Page 68)

T he Individual By Ca Academic P lan rl Voge Measurable annual goals l Comprehension skills Communicat ion skills Decoding skills Foundat ion skills What would happen in your district if every student had an IEP? WHAT IF EVERY STUDENT IN A DISTRICT HAD AN INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN, the document that guides each special education student's years in school. What if there was something call it an Individual Academic Plan that outlined in detail what each student knows, how he or she learns, the student's goals and what the school w i l l do to help him or her achieve those goals? What if public education was that personalized for everyone? T h is is the point where district officials fl ip the page with a derisive snort, appalled at the idea of expanding one of their bigger bureaucratic headaches systemwide. IEPs have gotten a bad reputation for several reasons, but at the heart of it all is the simple fact that they are legal documents, required by federal law to ensure that special needs students are given the help they need. Districts can, and do, get sued by par- ent s if creating the IEP is mishandled. Wit h that kind of pressure hanging over their heads, some teachers and counsel- ors focus more on crossing every T in these complex documents than on creating a rigorous plan. In the worst case, goals get watered down, parents are seen as an adversaries rather than partners in the process and a lot of time is spent fi lling out forms that are rarely or never actually referenced during the student's time in the classroom. T here's been some reduction in the paperwork this year, but they're still very complicated, so much so that it gets away from the real objectives, says Kathleen Whitbread, an assistant professor of pediatrics and associate direc- tor at the University of Connecticut's A. J. Pappanikou Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service. Some families 68 November 2006 District Administration IEPs.indd 68 10/13/06 2:24:22 PM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - November 2006

Contents
Editor's Letter
Update
Inside the Law
Curriculum Update
Administrator Profile
District Profile
SAT Trends
Broad awards top urban prize
Boston's Perseverance
NCLB's Purity
Why No Child Left Behind is here to stay
COVER STORY: Is Bill Gates a Good School Leader?
Does K-12 Make Sense?
Arthur Levine on teacher education
An IEP for every student?
Teacher Education: Time to Tame the Wild West
The Individual Academic Plan
Speaking Out
David Thornburg on
Professional Opinion
Problem/Solution
Research Corner
Computer Literature
New Products
By the Numbers

District Administration - November 2006

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