Failure ARD/IEP Meetings


Purpose: The purpose of a failure ARD is to address and explore the reasons for a student’s lack of adequate progress or failure in any scheduled class. 

Legal Requirements: While the law does not require an ARD/IEP meeting when a student fails a course, Spring Independent School District recommends as best practice that an ARD/IEP meeting be convened should a student fail his or her courses.

What We Do

Type of ARD: This should be held as a Revision ARD or as part of a student’s annual ARD meeting.  When addressing failures, this should not be an amendment as the student’s general education teacher of record for the course failed, the student’s case manager, the administrator and parent should all be involved in determining the reason(s) for the failure of the course(s) and what, if any, changes should be made to the student’s IEP.

Frequency: When a student fails two consecutive six weeks, regardless of the subject(s) in secondary or after one semester for elementary, the ARD committee should come together to address possible failure.  

Things to Consider: 
  • Does the student have goals and objectives for the content area in which they failed?
  • Are the student’s goals and objectives appropriate?
  • Are the student’s classroom accommodations appropriate?  Are additional accommodations necessary?
  • Does the student receive support in the area in which they failed?  Is the support sufficient or should additional supports be implemented?
  • Is the student completing classwork and/or homework?
  • Is the student attending the class regularly or is absenteeism an issue?

End of Year Retention: If a student is being recommended for retention, an ARD committee should assemble to make and agree on the the recommendation for retention in a specific grade.


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