The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
September 12, 2002

Issue - 178

ISSN: 1538-3202

In this Issue

What is Your IEP IQ?

Writing IEPs for Success by Dr. Barbara Bateman

IEP Resources; Articles, Cases, Tips, Free Pubs, more

Must Teachers Provide Accommodations & Modifications in IEPs

IEP Checklists from Best School Website

Editor's Choice: Good Books About IEPs

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t Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. This issue is part of a series about IEPs.

Highlights: Do you know your IEP IQ - take our quiz to find out; Writing IEPs for Success by Barbara Bateman; IEP resources - articles, cases, free pubs, more; accommodations and modifications; IEP checklists; editor's choice - good books about IEPs.

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1. Do You Know Your IEP IQ? Take Our IEP Quiz to Find Out

To be an effective advocate, you need to know the law. You need to learn where to find answers to your questions and how to use the law without starting battles that no one wins.

Do you know your IEP IQ? Take our IEP Quiz and find out!


2. Writing IEPs for Success by Barbara Bateman

Frustrated with one-size fits all IEPs that are not tailored to the child's unique needs? Feel intimidated at IEP meetings? Worried that your child is not making progress in the special ed program? You are not alone.

In Writing IEPs for Success, Dr. Barbara Bateman teaches you how to write IEPs that are educationally useful and legally correct. The article also includes an extensive discussion of transition and transition plans.


In Writing IEPs for Success, Dr. Bateman walks you though the IEP process, step-by-step. Few people will disagree with Dr. Bateman's assessment of IEPs and the IEP process:

"Most IEPs are useless or slightly worse, and too many teachers experience the IEP process as always time consuming, sometimes threatening, and, too often, a pointless bureaucratic requirement . . ."

"Parents who attempt to participate as equals are often intimidated into acquiescence. They are given false and outrageous distortions as, "We (the district) don't provide individual tutoring"; or "We are a full inclusion school and have no special classes or resource rooms because we don't believe in pull-out programs."

" When these limiting and blatantly illegal practices are presented as if they are fact, few parents are prepared to challenge the school district."

If you want to participate in the IEP process, you must learn how to write IEP goals and objectives that measure the child's progress. Learn how to make the IEP process and product "educationally useful and legally correct" - download, print and read Writing IEPs for Success:


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3. IEP Resources: Articles, Cases, Tactics & Strategies, Tips, Free Pubs

ny people who visit Wrightslaw have questions about IEPs. After you take the IEP Quiz and review your score, you will want to visit our IEP Resources Page. You will find links to articles, law and regulations, tactics and strategies, tips, book recommendations, and free publications on the IEP Resources Page:


4. Must Teachers Provide Accommodations & Modifications in Child's IEP?

Do teachers have to provide the accommodations and modifications listed in the child's IEP?

Pete answers questions, discusses teaching skills v. providing accommodations and modifications, Diana King and Helen Keller -- and shares his "Big Gripe" about special education.


5. IEP Checklists from Winner of Best School Website Contest

Present Levels of Performance Checklist. Key question; purpose; definition; key characteristics; writing strategy:


Annual Goals Checklist. Key question; purpose; definition; key characteristics; writing strategy.


Short Term Objectives and Benchmarks Checklist. Key question; purpose; key characteristics; writing strategy.


IEP Review Checklist. If you are preparing for an IEP meeting, review this checklist.


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6. Editor's Choice: Good Books About IEPs

The heart of your child's special education program is the Individualized Education Program (IEP). These books will teach you how to write IEP goals and objectives that target your child's problems.

Better IEPS: How to Develop Legally Correct and Educationally Useful Programs by Barbara D. Bateman and Mary Anne Linden.

Better IEPs
gives special educators, regular educators, and parents the confidence and know-how to develop IEPs that are both legally correct and educationally useful. Many IEPs are neither!" Get more information about  "Better IEPs" 


Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy by Pete and Pam Wright.

In Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, you learn how to organize the child's file, measure progress using objective test scores, and write SMART IEP goals and objectives.


Measuring Educational Results by Robert Mager 

In the best-selling book on educational progress, Robert Mager teaches you how to write clear measureable IEP goals and objectives. 


Preparing Instructional Objectives by Robert Mager

Dr. Mager teaches you to identify, select, and write educational objectives. You learn to describe the performances you expect to achieve, identify the conditions under which you expect the performance to occur, and set criteria for acceptable performance.  Preparing Instructional Objectives includes practice exercises to sharpen your skills and an Objectives Checklist to help you distinguish good objectives from bad ones.


For more good books about IEPs, visit the IEP section of the Advocate's Bookstore:


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