Extended school year started for many students with disabilities this week. During this time the students meet with special education teachers to retain information that they learned during the last school year. It is also a time where they work on the goals listed in their IEP as extended school year goals. The goals chosen by the IEP team as an extended school year goal are often goals that are listed as a goals during the year. All yearly goals in the IEP are not considered an ESY goal.
There may be a variety of reasons. However the primary reason is two-fold. Some goals are more important and without repetition during the summer months any progress made during the school year is lost. Additionally, time spent during the extended school year is short. For many programs it is 4 days a week for 3 hours a day and limited to 5 weeks during the summer. It is a productive time, but it would not be enough time to cover every goal.
It is important to note that not every child with an IEP is entitled to ESY. According to the law, " Eligibility for ESY services at no cost to parents is determined by the child’s Individual Education Program (IEP) team. This IEP team must consider, as appropriate, whether a child needs extended school year services in order to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE). Clearly, this determination must be done on an individual basis.."
Extended school year is beneficial and if a parent has concerns they should discuss it with the IEP team before the previous school year ends. Remember all kids love to have fun in the summer too! Inject play into learning. This might be a great time to consider extras like music and art therapy.