In my day I've seen all sorts of crazy and academically-inappropriate things put into an IEP (individualized education plan, a legally-binding document created for special ed students). I wonder, is there a limit to what teachers and administrators can put into an IEP--and, hence, bind future teachers/administrators?
I ask because I've seen a limit I never thought I'd see. I won't say what state, district, or school it came from--that to protect me from charges of "lack of professionalism" for revealing someone's dirty laundry.
But today I saw an IEP that required that a student receive a passing grade. It was very clear in stating that if the student was unable to achieve standards in a class, that student was to receive a "modified grade". And since it's an IEP, teachers are required by law to abide by it.
Or so they say. Since teachers and administrators write IEP's, what's to stop them from saying "teacher must give the student a big hug when he/she enters the classroom each day"? Or "teacher is to give the kid a dollar each day the student comes to class"? Clearly (or is it so clear?!) those wouldn't be acceptable, so can requiring a "modified grade" be required? I understand modified curriculum (which is usually done in special ed classrooms) and I've always implemented required accommodations for students who needed them, but requiring a "modified grade" (which, have no doubt, was being interpreted by everyone above the teacher as a "passing grade")--how can that be right? How can that be just? How can that be honest?