Personal Education Plan (PEP)Training Information by Lead Teachers Public Schools of Robeson County
What is a PEP? • A PEP is a Personal Education Plan for focused intervention that is tailored to address specific individual needs or weaknesses.
Why is the PEP important? • It provides targeted academic support/assistance to students who need it. • It documents the school and teachers efforts to support the needs of students who are functioning below grade level. • It’s the Law! We must do this for every child who fails to meet the requirements of the Student Accountability Standards Act.
Former PEP Law • "§ 115C-105.41. Personal Education Plans shall be written as early as can be done for students who have been placed at risk of academic failure as determined by the State end-of-grade tests.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINASESSION LAW 2009-542HOUSE BILL 804 • This new law is: AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAW REGARDING PERSONAL EDUCATION PLANS FOR STUDENTS AT RISK OF ACADEMIC FAILURE.
What the Law Requires • Local school administrative units shall identify students who have been placed are at risk for academic failure. • Identification shall occur as early as can reasonably be done and can be based on grades, observations, State assessments, and other factors that impact student performance that teachers and administrators consider appropriate, without having to await the results of end-of-grade or end-of-course tests.
Exceptional Children • Students with an IEP are notrequired to have a PEP.
Deadline • No later than the end of the first quarter, or after a teacher has had up to nine weeks of instructional time with a student, a personal education plan for academic improvement with focused intervention and performance benchmarks shall be developed or updated for any student at risk of academic failure who is not performing at least at grade level, as identified by the State end-of-grade test and other factors noted above.
Parent/Guardian Involvement • Local school administrative units shall give notice of the personal education plan and a copy of the personal education plan to the student's parent or guardian. • Parents should be included in the implementation and ongoing review of personal education plans. • No cause of action for monetary damages shall arise from the failure to provide or implement a personal education plan under this section." • SECTION 2. This act is effective when it becomes law and applies beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.
Parent/Guardian Involvement • The “Invitation to Conference” letter will be sent home for students who are at risk for academic failure. • Document all efforts to obtain the signature of the parent or guardian.
What should be included in a PEP? • The Student Accountability Standards Act Requires: • A Diagnostic Evaluation Component • Intervention Strategies • A Monitoring Component that includes Parental Involvement
PEP’s Are Personalized. • Strengths and weaknesses are unique to the individual. It is unlikely that all students will have the same strengths and weaknesses.
Signatures • Must be authentic. Stamps are not allowed since this is a legal document. • Certified teachers and administrators are required to sign PEP’s. • Classified personnel are not allowed to sign PEP’s. • The student signature is required, as well. Make every effort to get all required signatures.
Where to House PEP’s • PEP’s are working documents and need to be easily accessible. It is recommended that they be stored in a locked area in the classroom. • They are to be readily available for state auditors, administrators, and lead teachers upon request.
Cumulative Folders • PEP’s are to be filed in the students’ cumulative records at the end of the school year. • If a student transfers during the school year, the cumulative folder must include the PEP. The cumulative folder cannot leave the school without the PEP.
Help • The documents for the PEP are on the county website at www.robeson.k12.nc.us . • From there, go to Departments, K-8 Curriculum. • In the left margin, you will see Personalized Education Plan. • You will find the “Invitation to Conference” letter and the PEP template.
Note PEP’s must be completed by the beginning of the 2nd nine weeks and revised/monitored at the end of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th nine weeks. High school PEP’s must be completed by the beginning of the second nine weeks and revised/monitored at the end of each semester. Please sign and date each time a PEP is revised. Your principal must sign (not stamp) all of your PEP’s. Principals can require PEP’s for K-2.
Frequently Asked Questions • Who is required to have a PEP? • What factors are used to identify students needing PEP’s? • Who writes the PEP? • How are parents/guardians to be involved? • How often should it be updated? • When does a PEP have to be developed? • What are the effects of the new House Bill 804? • Where are PEP’s to be housed? • What should be done with old PEP’s?