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Special Education Procedure
Identify Struggling Student
Determine if the student is improving or if progress is declining. If progress is flatlining, that may be a sign that there is a learning struggle.
Check their behavior in class, ask many questions to get a whole picture of the student. Can they focus? Can they keep up with the workload? How are they scoring compared to classmates?
Track students progress across disciplines. Keep documentation so that you can have a record of progression.
Switch up instruction
If students are struggling in areas such as math or English, use specialist to help the students in these areas. Perhaps these specialist can assist student with assignments after school.
In this video we see how tier teaching using the Response to Intervention method is a way that this school helps struggling students.
Change the environment. It's possible that struggles can be do to the student not being able to see the board clearly or understanding the teacher. Incorporate various visual and auditory cues in lessons.
Use small group so you can tailor instruction to the group instead of having to meet the needs of the whole class.
Speak with parents
Present performance data of the student including classwork and assessment to show the parent how their child is doing. Concrete data make it easier when showing that there are learning gaps present.
Suggest that the parents consider getting their child tested for a learning disability. If there is a learning disability present, an IEP can be issued.
Send parents the schedule with homework assignments or upcoming lessons so students can also get academic support at home.
Keep tracking how the student is doing to insure that further changes are not needed. Just because the student has received help, does not mean that you stop paying attention to them.
Keep an open line of communication between the student, parent, and other teachers. Everyone on the success team needs to be on the same page.
General education teachers along with special education teachers must be practicing the accommodations listed in the IEP to guide the student to success.
Meet students where they are. In this video we see how a well crafted IEP utilizes students strengths to teach them areas where they are struggling.
Gorski, D. (n.d.). What is RTI? Retrieved May 30, 2020, from
Texas Education Agency. (n.d.). Response to Intervention. Retrieved May 30, 2020, from