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Are your grades based on the IEP or state standards?

Deven Black Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

Big debate in my school about grades. General ed teachers think all students should be graded on the same scale as general ed students, but the SPED teachers say their students should be graded only on the basis of their IEP goals.

What do you think? What do you do?

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My kids are graded,

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My kids are graded, ultimatly, based on IEP goals. That's the point of the IEP, right? Levelizing the playing field a bit? (No, not dumbing down, I mean levelizing--like allowing those us who need glasses to drive while we are actually wearing the glasses.) That's the way I see it anyway, and so far no one has said anything different to me.

I agree with Housecat. It

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I agree with Housecat. It ultimately has to be based on their goals.

However, NCLB has confused this issue since our sped kids are now required to take the same standardized tests as the gen ed students at the same grade level unless they are cognitively impaired. Even with accoms and mods for testing, there is little chance that our kids can achieve the standards required to "pass" those. It is frustrating, and to me simply further frustrates our kids and impedes our ability to make them feel successful. But, I also don't want to be guilty of "dumbing" down either! A certain Catch 22!

I don't understand why is the

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I don't understand why is the confusion with the education system. when Special Education was created it was because the traditional way of teaching or the regular education did not work with some children. Now the system wants to teach the special education students the traditional way. I also believe that the regular education teachers should be educated about special ed. May be that way they will understand why these kids have an IEP.

Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

Grades, Standards & IEP's

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When I started out I thought they were based on IEP's, however after an audit, the district and the dept. of ed. said that grades must be done based on standards for general ed students. My kids all functions far below grade level standards. That's why they are in SPED, I include comments that tell parents what the expectations are and then refer them to the IEP progress notes. So I have to do 2 reports 1 based on GE Standards and 1 based on IEP goals which are aligned with state standards and alternate assessment standards.

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I feel there is no other way than basing students grades on IEP's. I always look at the percentage of the goal. If they are to accomplish a goal at 75% and they have done it 75% of the time than that is an A for them.

Elementary Special Education Teacher, Self-Contained (K-5)

Yeah Mandy, that is exactly

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Yeah Mandy, that is exactly it!

My students receive two

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My students receive two reports.. one based on the state standards, which my students always show no progress. I hate sending that form home, it is discouraging to the students and the parents. Then I send home another form that has the students IEP goals and their progress on those.

Cross Categorical/self-contained - Teacher

It is very frustrating for me

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It is very frustrating for me because my students tend to be the last ones tested and it always feels rushed. I feel the same as Lorren because the students do not show progress based on the standards and expectations for their grade level. I strongly believe in setting kids up to succeed but with our current system we are setting them up for failure. NCLB has done a dis-service to students with disabilities. We used to be able to do our own assessments and had to show one years growth. Based on where students are.

SDC Science in Los Angeles

No clear direction

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My district hasn't issued any specific directives on grading IWENs, and we also are prohibited from including IEP goals in any core curricula areas besides Math & ELA. I include a statement in my roll book about "Grades are based on a combination of individual progress in IEP goals as well as State Standards." but that's really quite subjective on my part (since none will have a Science goal).
Students with more severe disabilities (MR, AUT, etc) do have a separate set of State Standards, by my students are still officially, held to those of the general population.

Special Education Elementary Teacher

Special Education Elementary School Teacher

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I give my students the grades based on the state standards using their accomodations and modifications.
I do think you are able to teach the state standards and meet IEP goals but it is tricky!
My students need to be taught in a different way, but not a different curriculum.
I try to teach the state standards and remidiate simultaneously or close to it.
We will be working on decimals next week and some of my students have IEP goals for word problems, adding, rounding, following a sequental pattern---so if I do those within the State Standards (understanding whole numbers and decimals, adding and subtracting decimals, ordering decimals). It is just tricky and sometimes the curriculum doesn't align as well as next week, then every Weds. I'll teach a whole group lesson on state standards then make centers and small groups with me to address IEP goals. This works, but I am always a bit behind :)

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