Why Do Special Educators Allow Over-identification?

Our experience posting on special education over-identification of at-risk

children has exposed a deep paradox simple to state.

Lupe Posada, signed. "Day of the Dead Woman."

Paradox:  Special educators complain about teaching overloads but

continue to over-admit non-disabled children.  

Go figure!

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kimberlyehlers

I’m not sure about how things work where you are, but, as a former Special Education teacher, I know that it wasn’t us who were “admiting” non-special education students into our programs. I had very little to say in the whole process – the higher ups who did the testing made the final decisions. The push for that testing always came from regular classroom teachers. Basically, we were made aware the process was going, were told why and then were told if we had a new student or not.

  • schoolspeechpathology On December 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

    This is my personal experience as well. However, special education teachers are still responsible for their signatures on IEP forms. In cases of LD, they can indicate disapproval. In all cases, they can comment at meetings. Each IEP member is responsible for eligibility determinations. Great comment. Thanks. JMP

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  • kimberlyehlers1  On December 29, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    I’m not sure about how things work where you are, but, as a former Special Education teacher, I know that it wasn’t us who were “admiting” non-special education students into our programs. I had very little to say in the whole process – the higher ups who did the testing made the final decisions. The push for that testing always came from regular classroom teachers. Basically, we were made aware the process was going, were told why and then were told if we had a new student or not.

    • schoolspeechpathology  On December 30, 2011 at 5:59 am

      This is my personal experience as well. However, special education teachers are still responsible for their signatures on IEP forms. In cases of LD, they can indicate disapproval. In all cases, they can comment at meetings. Each IEP member is responsible for eligibility determinations. Great comment. Thanks. JMP

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