I have a son in the 11th grade who has had an IEP since the 6th grade for ADD. He is currently doing well in a modified class.
His Intervention Specialist told him that he cannot make any higher than a 2.0 grade point average in this type of class. She also suggested that he no longer needs an IEP.
I find it hard to believe that he can only reach a 2.0 grade point average.
In this situation, there are two concerns: Eligibility (or Termination of Eligibility) and Transition.
The federal special education law does not mention grades as a criteria for special education eligibility. The intervention specialist may not know this. The law was enacted in 1975 and has never listed grades as a criteria for eligibility.
Don’t allow the school to terminate your child’s eligibility unless and until you are convinced that he is functioning well and can get a good job and pursue further education if he wants to.
The school is required to do a comprehensive evaluation before they can terminate his eligibility from special ed. This is not a decision one or two people can make. You and the school need objective testing of your child’s academic skills to know if he is ready to exit special education.
Learn what your state special education regulations specify about a “modified classroom.”
There is no reason to exit a student in the 11th grade. The special education staff is supposed to be helping your child make the transition from high school to life after school. This is an important time.
The purpose of transition planning and transition services is to design the child’s educational program to help the child make a successful transition to his or her goals for life after school.
Transition services include courses of study, including participation in advanced-placement courses or a vocational education programs to prepare your child for life after school.
Transition services must be included in the first IEP in effect when a child turns 16. The school is required to prepare and implement a transition plan your child.
- Is there a copy of the transition plan(s)?
- What are the goals?
- What is the school doing to ensure that your child attains these goals?
Will your child graduate with a regular high school diploma? If not, he is eligible until he does graduate with a high school diploma or until he ages out, usually at age 21.
If an evaluation does not indicate that your child’s eligibility should be terminated so close to graduation, make sure the required transition planning is being done.