I just received Brady's IEP and Progress Report for this year. I'm not too happy. His annual IEP is coming up within a month, and the new IEP will be his IEP for Kindergarten next year. The progress report is his annual progress report...even though there's another 6 weeks of school left. Brady will be 6 years old in October.
Communication - 13 months old
Cognitive - 13 months old
Social/Emotional/Personal - 18 months old
Fine Motor - 14 months old
Gross Motor - 30 months old
I don't disagree with the levels they assessed him at. They are basically the same levels they assessed him at last year, which I expected. He hasn't made *enough* progress this year for many of those levels to go up in developmental age. They are averages/estimates, which is fine.
What I am unhappy with is his progress report. There are 14 goals on his IEP. This progress report has several levels to describe Brady's progress:
Brady mastered 3 goals, and the other 11 goals were insufficient progress. She made several comments on the IP goals stating that Brady had indeed made progress on them, but not enough progress to master the goal. Okay...that's fine. Then why not give him a sufficient progress for the goal? Why give him an INSUFFICIENT progress?
This just pisses me off. He's had the same goals for the past 2 years and he's only mastered 3 of them. Really? He's had the same teacher for 3 years now. She made several comments in his IEP about how Brady is VERY easily distracted and works best with a one on one teacher to help guide him throughout the day. Of course he's distracted...what 15-18 month old child isn't distracted easily? He's in a class with kids who are around his physical age but they are higher functioning then he is.
There are a lot of goals on his IEP that he was given IP on that he CAN do those things...very close to mastering those goals in ABA and his other therapies and even at home.
Do you ever find the goals on your child's IEP at school to be similiar to their goals in therapy or at home, but the progress reports/results aren't the same? I know Brady behaves and works differently with different people but these results are just SO off in my opinion and it pisses me off! Not to mention, the teacher hasn't done some of the things I asked her to do...one of them being putting him on the potty. UGH!
I'm SOOOO glad this is his last year in public school. I hate the way they grade the kids and the ways they test them. It's just not that accurate in my opinion. His new private school next year will use his IEP for informational purposes and just to see what his previous teachers had to say, but they are using his treatment plan from ABA and they are creating their own IEP based on what WE want to see...goals and objectives that aren't necessarily educational...they are more daily living skills and things we actually care about. We could give a crap if Brady knows his shapes and colors. NOT important to us.
Okay...sorry this post got long!