Barnstable Public Schools
Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Welcome to Barnstable SEPAC
IMPORTANT Information About IEPs:
The District switched to a new IEP software program this school year. The District claims they are experiencing glitches with the software.
Because of this check your IEP carefully:
Always read the IEP you receive carefully to ensure everything is correct BEFORE signing. If it is incorrect, DO NOT SIGN IT.
Parents have reported:
Words Can Make a Difference
A small word in your child’s IEP can make a BIG difference.
This month’s terms for Words Can Make a Difference are accommodations vs. modifications
Accommodations are changes the teacher makes to help your child learn the same content or material as their classmates
Modifications are changes to the educational content itself
Why is this Important?
Curriculum frameworks are provided by the state to ensure all students have the opportunity to earn a high school diploma which means students must pass MCAS. When your child’s educational content is modified it could eliminate some important educational content necessary for your child to receive the explicit instruction in line with MCAS standards.
In other words:
Accommodations change how a student is taught or expected to learn.
Modifications change what a student is taught or expected to learn.
When a student’s IEP is written using accommodations, the likelihood of your child receiving explicit instruction for meeting MCAS standards greatly improves and is in line with what typical students receive.