Special Education Tip – IEP and 504 Plans Spot Checks – 09-2016

Rochelle’s Special Education Tips

Principals and Assistant Principals-When you observe teachers, include spot checks as to whether the teachers are implementing the accommodations identified in students’ IEPs and 504 Plans. Look at the IEPs and 504 Plans just as you look at teachers’ lesson plans. Make sure the IEPs and 504 Plans are being implemented. In addition to the accommodations, determine whether the rest of the IEP is being implemented. For instance, if a student is supposed to be getting 3 hours per week of specialized reading instruction, check to see that this is occurring. Failure to implement IEPs and 504 Plans can result in complaints to MSDE, complaints to the Office for Civil Rights, and due process hearings.

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