There are many terms to learn/know when dealing with Special Education. Following are but a few important ones. IF YOU ARE EVER IN A MEETING AND YOU ARE NOT CERTAIN WHAT SOMEONE HAS MENTIONED OR DISCUSSED PLEASE STOP THE MEETING IMMEDIATELY AND ASK THAT THE COMMITTEE EXPLAIN THINGS IN TERMS AND A MANNER IN WHICH EVERYBODY CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT IS BEING SAID :-)
ARC COMMITTEE: ( Admission and Release Committee) this is the group of people who make up the committee that are making the decisions for a particular student as it pertains to Special Education.
NOTICE: We contact you in writing, by phone, or both to inform you of something we need to do.
DUE PROCESS: Following all laws and rules that have been established by Federal, State, and Local districts to Admit, Maintain, and Release a student from Special Education services.
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE: The person who is responsible and making decisions for a minor student.
PARENTAL RIGHTS (SAFEGUARDS): what every parent and student is entitled to under Federal, State, and Local (School District) laws.
CONFERENCE SUMMARY: Written forms that describe in detail what happened during a meeting.
EVALUATION PLANNING FORM: a document that describes in what areas a student will be tested.
ELIGIBILITY: Meeting a set criteria for one of thirteen areas of Special Education
CONSENT FORMS: Any form that you must sign giving your permission or denying your permission for something.
PURPOSE OF THE MEETING: The reason(s) and/or topics that will be discussed during the meeting.
ESY (EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR): If a child cannot get back to where they were after a break in instruction then they may need more time (Summer) in order to maintain what they have learned.
TRANSITION: Moving from one place to another (Middle School to High School) sucessfully.
PLEP (PRESENT LEVEL OF EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE): These are staements based on data that describe what a student can and cannot do as of the day of the meeting.
SPECIAL FACTORS: Issues a student may have other than or along with mental deficits, like hearing loss or blindness etc.
IEP (INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN): A written Plan that describes skill levels, problem types, the way instruction will be delivered to a student, how a student can respond, where the student will learn (physically), who will help teach your student, and how much time your student will need for this help.
GOALS and BENCHMARKS (SHORT TERM OBJECTIVES): observable and measurable statements based on what the student can or cannot do that will help them to progress and become sucessful in school.
REPORTING PROGRESS: You will get a statement describing the progress made on the objectives each time Report Cards are sent home.
LRE (Least Restrictive Environment): This is the location (regular education classroom, resource room etc.) where your student will benefit the most from the services provided.
TESTING ACCOMODATIONS: These are what your student requires to sucessfully take tests.
MODIFICATIONS AND SUPPORTS: Changes that need to be made to the general education program in order to meet the needs of your student.