The first step in determining whether or not your child's current educational placement and program is appropriate, is to consider whether or not he/she is progressing within his current setting. Often times the first step that a School District will look to determine whether or not a particular student is progressing is by considering whether or not that student has met his/her annual goals. However, there is an even more fundamental place to start when determining whether or not a student is actually making appropriate progress.
Within each IEP document, there should be a section which discusses the student's Present Level of Performance (PLOP) within any particular academic area. By comparing a Student's PLOP from year to year, it will be possible to definitively see whether or not that student is progressing within any particular area. It can be beneficial to review your child's previous year's PLOP prior to attending his annual IEP, so that you may immediately compare the updated PLOP, to determine whether or not progress has been made. If progress has not been made over the course of the previous school year in a particular area, it is possible that that student may require additional support services in that area.
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