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1. Requesting Advice: Website Satisfaction Survey
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A teacher asks, "Is the regular ed teacher required to include every accommodation on every test or activity they create? For example, if 'calculator' is marked, can the teacher create an assignment where students are not allowed to use calculators?"
Everyone seems to have questions about accommodations. When may a child have accommodations? What accommodations are appropriate? Must a teacher always provide accommodations? Are there circumstances when providing accommodations may lead to problems?
In Do Teachers Have to Provide All Accommodations in the Child’s IEP, Pete answers these questions, review changes in IDEA 2004 about accommodations -- and describes his "big gripe" about special education.
Read more Frequently Asked Questions.
"I am a regular ed teacher. I was told that I must make modifications for a child who does not have an IEP or 504 plan. It does not seem fair to make modifications for one child and not the others. What does the law say?"
Many regular education teachers have written with similar questions and concerns. What do you think?
In Aren't Modifications for One Child Unfair to Other Children, Pat Howey answers this teacher's questions and reflects on the modifications we receive (and take for granted) at work and in everyday life.
Read more articles by Pat in Ask the Advocate.
A special education teacher writes, "My administrators say that if a child receives accommodations on the state test, the student will receive a '0' which will lower the school's score."
"What about the 5th grader who is reading at the 1st grade level? He will not be able to demonstrate what he knows. How painful and frustrating will this be for him?" Isn't it discrimination to give him a "0" because he needs accommodations?"
Good questions. Do the laws prohibit schools from providing accommodations on high-stakes tests?
In Teacher Needs Advice about Accommodations on High Stakes Tests, Sue Heath describes the requirements for accommodations in IDEA 2004 and NCLB. As you read this short article, you will see that there are no simple answers to this question.
5. Why Do You Instruct Parents to be Against Special Ed Teachers?
Is this teacher correct? Do we teach parents to be "against" special ed teachers?
What may be troubling this teacher? What strategies can she employ to resolve her problems? What qualities do good special education teachers share?
In "Why Do You Instruct Parents to be Against Special Ed Teachers?" Pam answers questions about support of teachers (and sets the record straight).
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