When determining what data will be collected and what evaluations will be done, it is the specificity of that information that allows the iep to go from an incompetent legally sufficient document to one that can have real impact on the progress a child makes toward their functional goals. As parent or advocate the job is to make sure that the iep documents the what, when, where and how that data will be collected and then communicated to the parent.
That communication does not have to be only at report card time. In fact, when changing behavioral approach /response, or when introducing changes it is important to keep things positive and to discontinue when something is not working.
Attention must also be paid to the frequency of data analysis (of collected data)
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Marie Lewis is an author, consultant, and national speaker on best practices in education advocacy. She is a parent of 3 children and a Disability Case Manager, Board Certified Education Advocate, and Behavior Specialist Consultant. She has assisted in the development of thousands of IEPs nationally and consults on developing appropriately individualized IEPs that are outcome based vs legally sufficient. She brings a great depth of expertise, practical experience, and compassion to her work as well as expert insight, vision, and systemic thinking. She is passionate and funny and she always inspires and informs.
MJ Gore has an MEd in counseling and a degree in elementary education and natural sciences. She worked as a life-skills and learning support teacher She has been honored with the receipt of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is the Director and on the faculty at the National Special Education Advocacy Institute. Her passion is social justice, especially in the area of education. She is a Board Certified Education Advocate who teaches professional advocates, educators, and clinicians the best practices in education advocacy.
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