For many families, the special education process can be confusing and intimidating. As a parent, your concern and priority is for your child. The School and District, however, has many children for which to be concerned. Parents can become emotionally charged because the issues are so personal. Schools and Districts must juggle an array of competing priorities including but not limited to compliance, scheduling and lack of resources. Problems arise primarily through a lack of communication and understanding a differing perspective.
At Educational Benefit, LLC we take the drama out of the details with effective and thorough research, planning and strategy. Our work is as individualized as each child and their needs.
A master plan helps you to focus, anticipate problems, and prepare for the future. Every child needs a plan for the future, but a master plan for a child with special needs is even more critical. An IEP focuses on your child’s needs at the present moment and is limited in time for one year or less. A master plan includes goals for your child in academic and non-academic areas to help plan for the present as well as the future. Elements of a master plan include:
The IEP Analysis examines the content, design and quality of IEPS. This analysis ensures that the student’s IEP contains the specially designed instruction and sufficient supports and services needed to enable the student to receive educational benefit. What makes the instruction individualized and specially designed for students with disabilities is how the instruction is aligned to the students’ IEPs. Specially designed instruction means adapting, as appropriate to the needs of the student, the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction to address the unique needs that result from the student’s disability and to ensure that a student with a disability has access to the general curriculum so that he/she can meet the educational standards that apply to all students. The IEP is used as a guide to design the specially designed instruction to meet the unique academic, social, physical and behavioral needs of the student.
The intent of a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) for students with disabilities is to design individualized instruction with supports and services that enable your child to receive educational benefit.
The educational benefit analysis examines the characteristics of your child’s IEP that increase their access, participation and progress in general education. The purpose of this analysis is to determine whether the design of the IEP was reasonably calculated for your child to receive educational benefit. This analysis is intended to examine the content and design of your child’s IEP.
The Educational Benefit Analysis is a systematic approach to reviewing your child’s records and comparing their current IEP with prior IEPs.
1 Is your child’s evaluation data current and complete? Does it identify your child’s needs?
2Does your child’s present level of performance outlined on his/her IEP include all of the needs identified in the evaluation?
3Are all of your child’s educational needs addressed by appropriate goals and objectives?
4Do the services support the goals and objectives?
5Did your child make yearly progress inclusive of grades and standardized test scores?
6If your child did not make progress, were the goals and objectives changed in the next IEP to assist your child in making progress?
7If your child did not make progress, were the services changed in the next IEP to assist your child in making progress?
8Were sufficient services provided to ensure that your child would make progress?
9Considering the answers to each of the above, was the IEP reasonably calculated to result in educational benefit?