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:
- Provide high quality instruction to all students
- Identify disabilities early and accurately
- Provide specialized education, support and services to children with disabilities
If a child is struggling in school, the 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 level, the 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