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rricular, and other nonacademic activities: Will be receiving individual and small group instruction in adaptive behavior, gross motor skills, la rking on individual goals and objectives. On various medications, see current medication file in office. evel, he needs pictures/words to aid in his communication. (Trainland.tripod.com, n.d.) Should Special Needs students be exempt from Graduation tests? Should Special Needs Students be exempt from Graduation tests? Danny Hanshew Jr. AED/200 11/12/10 Gary Shepard 1
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Should Special Needs students be exempt from Graduation tests? Being labeled Special Needs has a stigma to it, still has its ramifications when looking to the future of students’ abilities. We should look toward the future without passing judgment on a title. The argument that Special Needs students should or should not be exempt from graduation tests is that of a heated debate for many a year. The reason that teachers, parents, and students fight about this process, is that the state that they are in leaves it all up to human error. The needs of a Special Needs child is left to a standard plan called an IEP (Individual Education Plans) this was enacted in 2004 when the IDEA ( Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act). Which when looked at, could not be vaguer. Congress finds the following: ``(1) Disability is a natural part of the human experience and in no way diminishes the right of individuals to participate in or contribute to society. Improving educational results for children with disabilities is an essential element of our national policy of ensuring equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities (United States Congress, 2004). When reading this, it seems that as long as special needs students can be active and productive members of society, then the IDEA will protect special needs students. However, who is the person that will determine that a special needs student that has skills is one area and not the normal status quo can or cannot be a productive member of society? The legislative board of the Department of Education has given schools a guideline to go through. The IEP which is a form that is filled out by a conference between the students parents, and specialist that work with the child to come up with an action plan for educational development. The IEP is set up in the schools data base and must be updated on a regular basis. This would be a good idea if it worked properly. 2
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Should Special Needs students be exempt from Graduation tests? Between school budget cuts do to the current economic crises, school cannot afford the normal or proper amount of staff needed to run a school. So who is to say, that these IEP files are not back logged and being updated as often as needed to show the adjustments or that the accommodations that the Special Needs students needs in order to complete school work at the mandated standards. Below is a sample of an IEP that was set up for a child with Autism. These are but a few of the hardships that Special Needs students and their parents have to face. These
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