Concord Special Education Parent Advisory Committee
Accommodation Plan (CAP)
(formally refered to as a Regular Education Plan)
Section 28.03: School District
Administration and Personnel.
In Sept. 2000, our Mass.
Special Educaiton Regulation, required that each district to adopt a
Curriculum Accommodation Plan ("CAP")
for the purpose of assisting principals in ensuring that all efforts
have been made to meet students' needs in regular education. The plan
is a systemic plan that will be adopted by the district, and although
it did not require individual written plans, the intent is to increase
the general education capacity to meet the individual needs of diverse
student learners. School principals and school councils are involved in
developing and implementing the CAP at the school building level. The
CAP is considered an educational activity for the general education
program, not solely or specifically special education. Additional
information will be provided during the course of the 2000-2001 school
year regarding this requirement. (from Administrative Advisory SPED
2001-1:Changes to Massachusetts Special Education Law, issued by David
P. Driscoll, Commissioner of Education, 9/1/2000).
Concord Public Schools has adopted
individual written plan (CAP) at the elementary level (PreK-grade 5).
What is contain in the CAP? It documents areas of concerns, how
the student is being monitored, and the accommodations the student in
class. Determine if additional instruction is
needed. Indentify and provides the type of
teaching instruction need for the student.
Why would your child have a CAP
plan? The plan is used to help a child who
is struggling to learn there is no idenfied disiablity. The plan is used to documents
strategies to help the student in regular education. It is implemented by regular education
teachers and specialist.
The teacher meets with parents to
discuss the documented strategies and implement the CAP. The teacher requests assistance from
the Language Arts Specialist, Math specialist or other specialist
The classroom teacher is responible
for monitoring the students' progress and mastery of standards. Progress is based on report cards,
parent teacher progress conferences, and MCAS if the student is in
grade 3 - grade 5. The CAP uses regular education
evaluations, and MCAS if the student is in grade 3 - grade 5. A
CAP plan is updated when ever needed.
Parent concerns about their child
learning should be directed first to the teacher, and if the concerns
are not addressed to the school principal. The classroom teacher, specialist, or
parent can refer a student for a full Special Education
Evaluation. CAP can stay in place while the evaluation is in
process. If student is still struggling after
having a CAP in place, the child should have a full Special Education
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