Accommodations: DO GENERAL ED TEACHER HAVE TO PROVIDE ACCOMMODATIONS AND MODIFICATIONS?

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Rachel:  Could I get some clarification on general education teachers responsibility in regards to accommodating and modifying assignments and tests? There is a belief that it is all the special education teachers responsibility, and that the general education teacher does not need to create/provide the accommodations.

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Pam

The idea that general ed teachers aren’t responsible for providing their students with accoms & mods is a myth – a false belief.

Good teachers – general and special ed – find ways to teach their students, not just the easy ones. Teachers may need to make some noise to ensure that admins provide what THEY need.

Here are a two articles that may help you with this issue:

“Why Must I Make Modifications for a Child? It Seems Unfair to Other Children”
https://www.wrightslaw.com/howey/tchr.mods.unfair.htm

“When Teachers Won’t Provide Accommodations in the IEP”
https://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/when-teachers-wont-provide-accommodations-in-the-iep/

And here’s Pete’s rant about special education: https://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/ltrs/accoms.mods.kelly.htm

Take care!

Sophie

The plan should specify when and where each support will be provided. If they have written, for example, “support with writing” will only be provided in Resource Room, then the gen ed teacher might be off the hook.

So, you may find some ways of strengthening the IEP.

Don’t forget to include training for the gen ed teacher in your child’s specific disability. (With release time — i.e. sub coverage during the training.)