When School is Not Enough

When Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans Just Don’t Cut It

Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 PlansThe facts are that students themselves are not failing. The schools are failing them. In 2015 only 8% of eighth graders with learning disabilities were proficient in reading and math. Only 12% of high school seniors were proficient in reading and 6% in math. Take into account that learning-disabled students are usually identified by the time they’re in fourth grade. These students all had IEPs and 504 plans. The problem is these plans do nothing to develop poor cognitive processing and executive functioning skills that enable independent learning. They provide alternatives to bypass the cause of learning impediments.

It’s Not the Teachers’ Fault

Only 10% of learning problems are caused by poor instruction. Teachers can only follow the IEPs and 504 plans. They don’t have the time, training, expertise, or authority to provide anything else. Students with weak cognitive processing skills are unable to become independent learners within this model.

It’s Not the Schools’ Responsibility

Schools are required by law to follow the Common Core State Standards. These educational standards are what students academically need to know for each grade (K-12). Schools are unable to train cognitive processing skills. Academic learning is extremely difficult when these skills are weak. Teachers are permitted to use strategies to go around these weaknesses but can do nothing to strengthen them. This only causes further frustration for students, as it does nothing to correct the problem.

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

We all know the best way to solve any problem is to go the root cause and fix it. These strategies are at best a temporary fix. If you had a leaky roof full of patches, would you patch it again or get a new roof? It’s that’s simple! The sooner you realize you need to take matters into your own hands, the better off your child will be.

We have worked with many parents, who by no fault of their own, thought these plans ensured success. We can help these students too! It’s never too late! Act now so your child can catch up to others and become an independent learner! Take the first step to a successful future by receiving a free assessment to see how we can help.

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