Individualized Education Program Analysis

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Individualized Education Program In the United States there are approximately 132,183 K-12 school and 98,817 are public schools. (2011) There was a total of 54,876,000 were enrolled in school in 2011, a number that increases every year. A whopping 6,419,000 are students with disabilities. (2011) Students enrolled in school, public, private, or charter are all required to have an Individual Education Program (IEP). IEP 's were created to help teachers, parents, and school staff to work jointly to improve the educational outcome of students with disabilities. Once a student has been identified as needing special educational services the school has 30 days to after the evaluation and eligibility are decided to write an IEP. A meeting is usually …show more content…
On average teachers spend three to four hours per IEP. Many school districts have invested in programs to assist Special Education teachers will the IEP writing process. "The programs created help somewhat but don 't really help gather all the data required. I still have to develop modifications or accommodations for each goal, as well as how these goals will be measured to ensure the students progress." (2014) On average an IEP can be anywhere from 10 to 40 pages long depending on the students needs. I can understand the frustration a teacher must feel when she is expected to write out an exact plan for each student. Special education teachers have a more difficult time managing classrooms because of the disabilities of the students and this valuable time is made more difficult by forcing IEP 's. However, as a special education teacher IEP 's are part of the job requirements. As frustrated as a teacher might get about spending hours writing out their goals for the student, this information in highly valuable in ensuring that every student with disabilities is given a quality …show more content…
Many supervisors in a school setting have been where the teachers have been at one point or another which helps them to understand the frustration felt. In any work environment complaints among co-workers or employees is common and is actually a very healthy form of communication. As long as the teachers is careful how they reveals these frustrations and complaints about their job it remains a good form of communication. It is when teacher allow their frustrations to develop into anger or outrage that it becomes dangerous and unhealthy in a professional work environment. I can and do understand how a teacher can become frustrated by this part of their job, however frustrating IEP 's can be they do work and benefit most students. I feel that when I become a teacher, special education or not, I will share in the same frustrations. What is most interesting about IEP 's is that programs that have been developed aren 't more advanced. If I had to deal with something so time consuming and difficult in multiples and on a yearly basis, I would try my best to find an easier process. All too often teachers forget that they can learn and develop just as their students do. When I asked my interviewee if there had every been anything done to change or advance the process the answer was, "I have never looked into whether anyone had every tried to do anything about this." Shocking for something that so

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