Special Education Community Complaints Archive

This archive is designed to provide convenient access to selected community complaint reports related to topics about which we receive frequent questions (you’ll even find reports no longer accessible on the OSPI website).  The reports are annotated, searchable, and organized to help familiarize families, teachers, and school leaders with the topics associated with special education law as well as state and federal rules & regulations.

Accommodations - alterations of environment, curriculum format, or equipment

These selected complaints relate to alterations of environment, curriculum format, or equipment as required by law.

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SECC 15-46 (Issaquah)

Issue: Did the District follow procedures for implementing the Student’s IEP in effect for the 2014-2015 school year, including providing specially designed instruction, accommodations, and modifications?

OSPI Response: District was in violation ordered to provide the Student with 20 hours of tutoring for skills related to executive functioning.


SECC 16-69 (district name redacted) 

Issue: Did the District follow procedures to implement the Student’s individualized education program (IEP), including providing accommodations, the Student’s FM device, and social skills group during the 2018-2019 school year?

OSPI Response: the inconsistency in the Student’s IEPs, and the documentation that the provision of the accommodation was inconsistent, OSPI finds the District in violation regarding this accommodation.


SECC 17-82 (district name redacted) 

Issue: Did the District implement the Student’s individualized education program (IEP) during the 2017-2018 school year, including providing a scribe and notifying the Parent and Student that there was a substitute teacher?

OSPI Response: IEP team will review and clarify the Student’s IEP accommodations, and if determined necessary, amend the Student’s IEP to include additional accommodations.


SECC 18-111 (Tacoma)

Issue: Did the District implement the Student’s individualized education program (IEP) in place during the 2018-2019 school year, including providing the special education and related services, as well as accommodations?

OSPI Response: OSPI found several accommodations were not provided according to the IEP.


SECC 18-82 (North Kitsap)

Issue: Did the District implement the accommodation regarding algebra during the 2017-2018 school year?

OSPI Response: No violation found.


SECC 18-83 (Sedro-Woolley)

Issue: Did the District follow procedures for implementing the Student’s individualized education program (IEP), including providing accommodations in the general education setting?

OSPI Response: Based on the documentation, OSPI finds that the District substantiated that it implemented the Student’s IEP, and specifically that it provided the Student with the accommodations listed in his IEP in the general education setting a major portion of the time.


SECC 19-12 (Bellevue) 

Issue: Did the district implement the accommodations in the student’s IEP?

OSPI Response: “the documentation provided by the District indicates that the accommodations were implemented as written. In interviews with District staff, staff were able to describe how they worked with the Student in a manner consistent with the Student’s IEP, including the paraeducator who explained how she provided support to the Student. Significantly, the two incidents cited by the Parent as a basis for his complaint could not be substantiated.”


SECC 19-45 (Richland)

Issues: Did the District follow procedures to respond to the Parents’ request for the addition of accommodations and/or modifications to the IEP during the 2018-2019 school year— including requests that the Student receive accommodations and modifications to remain in Math 3?

OSPI Response: The District is in violation and will be required to review its policy for how it implements IEP accommodations and modifications in the general education setting.


SECC 19-58 (Richland)

Issue: Did the District provide appropriate accommodations and modifications for tests and assessments?

OSPI Response: No violation. The District provided documentation that the Student was regularly provided study guides and outlines.


SECC 19-64  (Evergreen)

Issue: Did the District follow procedures to implement the Student’s individualized education program (IEP), including providing accommodations, the Student’s FM device, and social skills group during the 2018-2019 school year?

OSPI Response: the inconsistency in the Student’s IEPs, and the documentation that the provision of the accommodation was inconsistent, OSPI finds the District in violation regarding this accommodation.


SECC 19-65  (Federal Way)

Issue: Did the district implement the student’s IEP, including accommodations.

OSPI Response: The district failed to implement accommodations as outlined on the IEP.


SECC 19-85  (Highline)

Issue: Did the District follow procedures for implementing the Student’s individualized education program (IEP), specifically accommodations related to study guides, outlines, organizers, written instructions, and visual supports during the 2019-2020 school year?

OSPI Response: OSPI will require the Student’s IEP team to meet to answer the question: what are the Student’s needs resulting from the Student’s disability in regard to assistance with math homework?


SECC 19-100  (Kennewick)

Issue: Did During the 2019-2020 school year, did the District properly implement the following portions of the Student’s Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): a. Minutes of specially designed instruction in executive functioning and social; and b. Accommodations?

OSPI Response: District ordered to conduct an IEP meeting to consider accommodations.


SECC 22-09 (Edmonds) 

Issue: Since January 28, 2021, has the District followed proper procedures to implement the Student’s individualized education program (IEP)?

OSPI Response: (1) OSPI finds that while there was some inconsistency with a few accommodations, that is a minor deviation and not a material failure to implement the IEP. (2)While there was some confusion around whether the Parent was revoking consent for special education services and next steps in the fall of 2021, OSPI notes that missing approximately 750-800 minutes of services represents a material failure to implement this portion of the IEP


SECC 22-26  (West Valley)

Issue: During the 2021–2022 school year, did the District materially implement the Student’s individualized education program (IEP)?

OSPI Response: OSPI found the district in violation of accommodations in general and those included in the BIP.


SECC 22-153  (Highline)

Issue: Did the District implement the accommodations in conformity with the Student’s IEP according to WAC 392-172A-03105 during the 2022–2023 school year?

OSPI Response: Based on the information provided by the Parent and the District, there was insufficient evidence to support a violation.


Amendments

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Appropriate Instruction

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Behavioral Intervention Plan (BIP)

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EDY

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Evaluation

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Excusal

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Functional Behavioral Analysis (FBA)

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team

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Isolation and Restraint

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Limited English Proficiency

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Progress Monitoring

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Para-Educators

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Parent Participation

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Physical Education

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Request for IEP meeting

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OSPI Community Complaints

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) fulfills the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), ensuring that all children with disabilities have access to a free appropriate public education. As such, OSPI is also required to provide procedures for the submission and investigation of community complaints.  (CLICK HERE for details)

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