Progress Reports Are In: How Did Your Student Do?

By now, the first quarter of the new school year has come to a close. Parents will be receiving report cards, progress reports and attending parent conferences. For students with an IEP, parents should also be receiving reports on their student’s progress toward achieving his or her IEP goals and objectives.

The school must provide parents with such a report at least as often as the regular education students receive report cards and progress reports. A simple statement on a report that your student is “progressing” is not sufficient. If your student’s goal is to achieve a skill with 90% accuracy, the progress report should state the student’s current accuracy percentage.

Additionally, if the IEP provides that your student’s progress is to be measured through data charts, observations logs or work samples, you should ask for a copy of those charts, logs or samples so that you can confirm the progress or look for reasons why progress is lagging.

Data will also provide you with peace of mind knowing that the school is actually measuring the progress of your student and not just guessing at how your student is performing.

If you are not receiving timely progress reports for your student or if the school is not measuring your student’s progress in accordance with his or her IEP, contact Cahill & Associates. We can help.

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