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Placement for Special Education Students

Three educational placements for students with disabilities is explained. The role of each placement and the pros and cons of each placement are presented.

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According to IDEA, students should be placed in the least restrictive environment possible. These options include:

Regular class includes students who receive the majority of their education program in a regular classroom and receive special education and related services outside the regular classroom for less than 21 percent of the school day.

Pros: Students obtain education from a teacher who has majored in the subject area being taught. Students are with their peers. Regular students learn from interacting with their LD peers

Cons: Sometimes the pacing of regular classrooms can be too fast. A student with learning disabilities "sticks out"more in a regular classroom and this can cause embarrassment. Students in a regular classroom may reject their accommodations so they don't seem different to their ...

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What are the placement options for special education students? How do you determine which placements are the most appropriate for a student?

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