For Better or Worse Essay by Peerless

For Better or Worse
An examination of standards-based reform for Individual Education Programs for special education students.
# 6436 | 1,900 words | 5 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 08, 2003 in Education (Curriculum) , Education (Special) , Education (Teaching Methods)

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This paper presents a detailed examination of the implication of standards-based reform for IEPS (Individual Education Programs) for special education students. The writer explains what an IEP is and what the law does to protect the rights of special education students and then discusses the impact of standards-based reform in their field.

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"For the last four decades the rights of special education students have been protected and upheld. Students who have special needs have been accommodated in ways that leveled the playing field for them and allowed them to succeed in the least restrictive environment. Because of the accommodations provided for special need students there are more special education students moving on to college than ever before. However, while this was going on the regular education system was going downhill and the public demanded reform, which came by way of standards, based education. One has nothing to do with the other but special education is being affected by the standards based reforms the nation is now implementing state by state. IEPS must now be carefully written to walk the thin line between accommodating the student and still allowing them to graduate with standard based diplomas. In the future reform of IEPs and standard based requirements will probably be implemented but for the immediate and foreseeable future IEPS are going to have to be treated like the land mine fields they have become. "

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