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Section 5

ak dept education

special ed handbook
SECTION 5
JUSTIFICATION FOR PLACEMENT

The IEP Team must provide a written statement on the IEP justifying the need for special education services that are more restrictive than full-time services in the regular classroom (i.e., options 3 through 7). Such a statement justifying a more restrictive placement should answer the following questions, as applicable:
  1. What supplemental aids and services (i.e., curriculum adaptation, paraprofessional assistance, assistive technology, resource or itinerant instruction) have been considered to address the child's needs?

  2. Based on factors identified in the present level of academic achievement and functional performance, and/or in the child's educational goals and objectives, did the team consider the need to:

    1. develop a behavior intervention plan?
    2. furnish additional training to the service provider?
    3. address the developmental level of the child's language skills and social skills?
    4. assure child participation in non-academic and extra-curricular activities?

  3. What factors identified in the present level of academic achievement and functional performance and/or in the child's educational goals and objectives require placement in a self-contained classroom in a local school building rather than in a regular classroom with itinerant or resource support?

  4. What factors identified in the present level of academic achievement and functional performance and/or in the educational goals and objectives require placement in a self-contained classroom in a special school building, rather than in a self-contained classroom in the child's home school or in a regular classroom with itinerant or resource support?

  5. What factors identified in the present level of academic achievement and functional performance and/or in educational goals and objectives require placement in an institutional setting or a private day school under contractual agreement, rather than in a self-contained classroom in the local District or in a regular classroom with itinerant or resource support?
Justification for Placement

Placement is considered after the child's educational services are determined. Removal of children from the regular education environment shall occur only when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Justification for placement statements must document that other placement options were considered, as well as the reasons they were rejected. The following are possible statements of justification:

A more restrictive placement is required to protect the health or safety of the child based on documented medical needs. Instruction can best be provided in the home or hospital.
  1. Skills are below age and grade expectancy and the child requires a structured special education program to remediate the specifically identified areas of concern. Services can be appropriately provided in the regular education classroom setting with supplemental aids and services.

  2. The child's present levels of academic achievement and functional performance require curricular modification and individualized instructional strategies. These services can be appropriately implemented in the regular classroom with direct service from special education personnel for a portion of the day.

  3. Academic and cognitive skills are deficient to a level that requires specialized instruction provided in a small group setting for part of the day. This service can be appropriately implemented in a regular classroom with pull-out service from special education personnel.

  4. The severity, frequency and consistency of the child's behavior indicate the need for a structured behavior management program that must be provided in a special education classroom. Implementation of the behavior program in the regular classroom has been unsuccessful.

  5. The child's present level of academic achievement and functional performance require total curricular modification and individualized instructional strategies. These services can be appropriately implemented in the regular classroom with direct service from special education personnel for the entire day.

  6. The child's academic, social, motor, and independent living skills indicate the need for a highly structured environment. Services can only be appropriately implemented in a special program outside the child's home school.

  7. A more restrictive placement is required to protect the health or safety of the child based on documented medical needs. Instruction can best be provided in the home or hospital.

  8. The child's behavior is so disruptive in a regular school environment, even with extensive support from special education staff, including the use of supplemental aids and services and implementation of positive behavioral support strategies, that the child must be placed in an institution for instructional purposes.
Factors that may not be used to determine placement include the category of disability, configuration of the delivery system, availability of educational or related services, availability of space, and administrative convenience.

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