You may assume that your child’s progress is being constantly monitored in school. However, if you do not know for sure how your child is being monitored or what will be done if your child does not meet the set parameters, then you should plan to meet with teachers for an in-depth discussion. After all, your child’s future is at stake.
All special education students have IEPs in place at the beginning of each school year. An Individualized Education Plan delineates what the child should learn by the end of the school year and how his or her progress will be checked at that point. However, some teachers or school districts choose to monitor students more often, using student progress monitoring to guide them in their teaching and in their individual recommendations for each child.
Of course, student progress monitoring should work alongside the IEP for the special education student. It is not meant to replace the IEP, nor is it allowed to according to state and federal law. The best type of progress monitoring will take the goals in the IEP and break them down into smaller steps that a student can tackle in one week or one month.
At the end of each monitoring period, the teacher will look at how far along the child has come or what the student has accomplished. If the student is meeting or exceeding expectations, nothing will need to change in how or what is being taught. However, if the student is not progressing as needed, the teacher will see that he or she needs to offer more instruction, extra help or new teaching aids to get difficult concepts across.