Grades: CAN A SCHOOL REALLY FAIL A STUDENT IN SPED

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Karen:  I have a 14 year old daughter who has been in sped since 1st grade. She is now a 9th grader and ever since she went to middle school in 6th grade she is constantly failing where her disability is in, math. She has dyslexia and all was done for reading nothing for math. Well for the past 3 years she has been pulled from her extra curricular activities because of failing her grades. I have questioned the schools for 4 years now wanting to know why a child in SPED is failing. I worked in SPED and did all I could for my students, why is it with her its okay to fail her. They are not meeting with the IEP plans and tell me well a child in SPED can fail. Really. Why even have an IEP. Why even have a tracking teacher who doesn’t do anything. My daughter now is suffering from anxiety/depression and panic disorder. Plus dyslexic and ADHD. In her IEP it says no speeches in front of class at her discretion. Well they made her do it anyways even after she said she didnt want to. Is what they are doing wrong?

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If the student is failing, is it always the school’s fault? I have seen (especially in middle and high school) kids fail despite the best effort of great case managers, administrators, mentors, etc. The IEPS are strong. There are many other factors such as “failing schools”, home life, truancy, behaviors, etc. At the high school level, it is a different “ball game.” Chuck, your insight would be great. As a para, mentor and advocate–in the inner city and suburbs, I have seen kids fail (I am talking about mostly high school) despite ALL the interventions. Worse, some my teacher friends were told to just “pass” them on so the school district will not get in trouble with the state. So, many graduated with low reading and math levels because they were “passed on.” It is sad.

If a student with a disability is failing, this usually indicates that what the school is doing is not working, & something different needs to be tried. Staff at your state parent training & information center can assist you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center

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