Schools should reconsider who executes IEPs

To the Editor:

As a concerned citizen for the secondary education of the U.S., I believe it is important to understand the effects of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

IEPs are educational programs that adhere to different learning styles. For example, if a student learns best by grouping information by chapters, then teachers are required to put that student’s test in order by chapter instead of their normal exam. These plans include allowing students to turn work in later than other students and updating parents about homework assignments.

Even with extra help, these students still receive the same diploma as traditional students. Because of this program, teachers are loaded down with substantial extra work.

The education of students not on an IEP plan is also affected. Time spent preparing class for these students is traded off to ensure all IEP requirements are being upheld. This is because the failure to follow the IEP could result in a teacher getting sued.

IEP plans affect the education of IEP students, traditional students and even teachers. Instead of forcing all teachers to follow an IEP, schools should hire special education teachers to give IEP students the extra attention they need and deserve.


Katelyn Olson

Houston, MN

  • JHansen2

    In response to the IEP letter by Katelyn Olson posted on March 5th. In my opinion, IEP’s should not be used in secondary education, or at least it should be revised. The issue in which I disagree on is on testing purposes. Tests should be standardized and should not be specialized to the students needs. By making tests which are specific for their learning style for those individuals, it doesn’t give the them a realistic experience of how other things in life work. When a student pursues a higher level doctorate degree they do not take tests during school or on their board exams in a specific learning style. However, I am not totally against using IEP’s. Using IEP’s while teaching can be very beneficial to their learning. That way the student will have the best possible learning experience. Therefore, IEP should be revised so it would be to benefit all students, and teachers alike. ~Julie H.