Things that will disqualify your child from being found eligible for an IEP...
When students are evaluated for learning problems to see if they qualify for extra services at school other factors that impact learning must be ruled out. When these factors can't be ruled out the student will not qualify for an IEP.
These factors include:
- Frequently Ttransferring Schools: Every time a student changed schools learning is disrupted. No two schools are exactly on the same time frame for instruction. So when students transfer it's inevitable they end up repeating instruction of some skills and missing instruction on others. So when students transfer frequently over the course of several years their learning is going to be impacted.
- Poor Attendance: I would like to think this is obvious to parents. But many parents don't seem to realize how often their kids are absent. Truancy is a huge issue at my school. I have students who miss 20-30 days of school each year. To the parent that might not need seem like a lot. But when a student misses almost a day a week it's nearly impossible for them to keep up with their peers.
- Vision or Hearing Deficits: Vision and hearing screenings are part of the evaluation process. If a student doesn't pass one and the parent doesn't follow through with a trip to a specialist the student can't qualify. Obviously kids who can't see or hear what's happening in class aren't going to learn as much as their peers who can.
- Lack of Support for Education: This is a big gray area and I have never seen this actually used to disqualify a student. But if a student isn't doing homework, reading or even having conversations on a regular basis at home he isn't going to learn at the same rate as his peers. When parents don't attend conferences or communicate with teachers the student is not going to do as well as he could.
Do you agree that students with the issues described above should be denied IEPs or do you think every student who is struggling should have one?