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Rochelle’s Special Education Tips

You Better Be Able to Prove It

Make sure there is good data to support progress reports. The days of just being able to say, “making progress” are far behind us. Now you need a baseline and regular data to determine if progress is being made. Work samples are helpful. The most troublesome cases are those where the parents are unable to duplicate at home what is seen at school, particularly in the area of reading. MSDE is very clear-you must have the documentation to prove that you are implementing the IEP.


Are you over-accommodating or providing too many supports? Do you need to increase the intensity of the reading intervention? Is it time to change the reading intervention? Is the person implementing the intervention trained to provide the intervention?


Unrelated-but this keeps popping up: Do not eliminate Speech and Language services for students with autism.

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