Know the rights given to parents. Be careful not to violate them.

Know what is expected of you.

This information can be found in the student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP). The IEP, developed by the Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) Committee, is based on a student’s current skills, abilities, and educational need(s) identified during the assessment process. The IEP states which services the child needs, how those services will be provided, when and where they will be provided, and who will provide them. It describes the child’s educational program and any modified essential elements of the Texas State Curriculum (Chapter 75) necessary for the program to meet his or her needs.

Know that a student in special education is subject to the school’s student code of conduct unless otherwise stated in the IEP.

The IEP may include a behavior management plan which outlines disciplinary options to be used in addition to, or instead of, certain parts of the district code. In some cases, inappropriate behavior may cause the child to be removed from classes and school for a few days or to be sent to an alternative education program.

Know when and how to request additional services and assistance.

Know that it is the teacher’s responsibility to provide documentation when requesting additional assistance or a more restrictive environment for the student.