Tutoring as a Direct Service of IDEA

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by Pete Wright

Where should we put tutoring for a student on the IEP page? Is tutoring considered a reasonable accommodation or modification?

Tutoring is typically provided at least one period per day if the child attends a private special ed school.

This period of tutoring is not viewed as either an accommodation or modification, but a direct educational service.

In my opinion, tutoring and/or direct one to one remediation of a required academic skill, such as reading, is clearly supported in IDEA 2004.

If you do not have an IEP, I think it can be argued as necessary as part of a 504 Plan in that the child needs to be taught how to read in order to be able to access the curriculum in the same manner as typical non special ed, regular ed children.

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