The School's Responsibilities for children with disabilities

A child with learning disabilities needs help from both the school and parents. Here are some of the school's responsibilities for children with disabilities

All schools should do these 3 things:

  1. Provide high quality instruction to all students
  2. Identify disabilities early and accurately
  3. Provide specialized education, support and services to children with disabilities

If a child is struggling in schoolthe school should...

  • Do regular performance assessments (tests)
  • Review the data from these tests
  • Set up regular meetings and communicate with you clearly 

If these tests show that your child is not meeting the standards for their grade levelthe school should...

  • Start using educational interventions and approaches 
  • Keep testing your child's progress regularly
  • Keep communicating with you clearly 

If those changes don’t help after 1-2 months, the school should...

  • Give your child a complete evaluation to see if they have a learning disability (Note: they should respect a parent's request for an evaluation anytime if there is a concern about a disability.)

If your child qualifies for special education services, the school should...

  • Work with you to create an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Provide specially designed instruction as described in the IEP


Source: LDOE, IDEA