IDEA Complaint Decision 02-062

On November 5, 2002, the Department of Public Instruction received a complaint under state and federal special education law from XXXXX against the Fond du Lac School District. This is the department's decision regarding that complaint. The issue is whether the district provided speech and language services consistent with the child's IEP during the 2001-2002 school year.

The complainant maintains that during the 2001-2002 school year, her daughter received speech and language therapy and met two goals by the end of the first quarter. The complainant states that the speech and language therapist continued to work on two goals throughout the year without changing them to meet the child's needs.

On May 15, 2002, an IEP team meeting was held to review and revise the child's June 6, 2001, IEP, and develop a new IEP. The June 6, 2001, IEP contained one goal which was speech and language related and six objectives. The complainant presented the department with a speech and language progress report for the 2001-2002 school year. This report listed the goal and two objectives and indicated that two of the objectives were mastered at the end of the first quarter. No other objectives were present on the progress report. The student's May 15, 2002, IEP includes the goal page from the June 6, 2001, IEP team meeting. Written next to each of the six objectives were the speech and language therapist's comments on the student's progress (whether the objective was met, not met, emerging, or other). One part of the first objective was met in January 2002 "with prompting" while the other part of the objective was listed as "emerging with prompting." The second objective included five parts; three parts were met in January 2002, while the other two parts were "emerging." The third and fourth objectives were met in January 2002, but were continued for practice (these were the same objectives listed on the progress report which the complainant sent). The fifth and sixth objectives were partially met on January 28, 2002, but the therapist indicated she would continue working on these objectives.

The May 15, 2002, IEP includes one speech and language goal and six objectives. The goal and objectives are different from those on the June 6, 2001, IEP. In addition, the speech and language therapist has increased the child's therapy time from one time per week for fifteen minutes to two times per week for 30 minute sessions. The department concludes that the district correctly implemented the requirements regarding speech and language services during the 2001-2002 school year.

This concludes our review of this complaint, which we are closing.

//signed CST 12/20/02
Carolyn Stanford Taylor
Assistant State Superintendent
Division for Learning Support: Equity and Advocacy

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