Louisiana Schools are committed to providing a high quality education to all students, including those with disabilities.
Their approach has 3 tiers, or levels:
- High quality curriculum for all students
- Interventions to support children who are not progressing
- Specialized teaching and other services for students with disabilities who cannot make progress otherwise
#1: High quality curriculum for all students
- All students should be getting high quality teaching using a curriculum that has been shown to be effective.
- Each school district can choose their own curriculum out of a list of choices approved by the LDOE.
- Regular assessments should check to make sure a student is making progress.
- If they are not, the teacher should start adding some strategies or specialized teaching techniques that are designed to help the child with their particular challenge (#2).
#2: Interventions to support children who are not progressing
- There are a wide range of strategies and specialized teaching techniques that are designed to help children who struggle in different areas of learning.
- If your child is not making progress, their teacher should be able to identify which strategies may work for your child and start trying them right away in the classroom.
- There is a system in place to help teachers in all districts to do this.
- If these do not work after a period of time, your child should get an evaluation to see if they qualify for Special Education services. In some districts this is called ESS: Exceptional Student Services.
#3: Specialized teaching and other services for students with disabilities who cannot make progress otherwise
- This is Special Education (In some districts this is called ESS: Exceptional Student Services).
- It may include specialized teaching and other services like therapies (speech, occupational, physical or behavioral therapy)
- Your child will have an evaluation to see if they have a disability that qualifies them for these services.
- If they qualify, you will work with the school to create an IEP: an Individualized Education Program.