The Importance Of Individualized Education Plan

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The National Center for Education Statistics states, “in 2014–15, the number of children and youth ages 3–21 receiving special education services was 6.6 million, or 13 percent of all public-school students. Among children and youth receiving special education services, 35 percent had specific learning disabilities” () Special education teachers teach a variety of different individuals. These students can have learning, mental, emotional, or physical disabilities. Their disabilities can range from mild to moderate. Everyone is different in many ways, and may need to be taught in diverse ways. I would say that teaching special needs individuals can be a challenging task for anyone. Some of the challenging tasks are; interpreting, and implementing the child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP), as well as staying abreast of the continual changes being made to the implementation of education. It is important for rising teachers to know upfront and understand what is expected of them upon accepting employment.
Students with disabilities have a wide range of challenges, this makes a teacher's job extremely difficult. These challenges are met with the use of an IEP. The IEP is documentation that shows what the individual learning needs are, and how the school will meet the child’s current need. The parents along with school officials (teachers, principals etc.), set goals that are to be met for each individual child. When working with a special needs student with an IEP it is

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