Tools and Resources to Support Students with IEPs/504s

This resource points to specific Help Center articles and Learning Space resources that can help you customize your curriculum on the Platform to meet the needs of your students with Individualized Education Programs(IEPs) and 504s.

For programmatic guidance on curriculum and instruction for students with IEPs/504s, see the Accessibility Learning Space Collection. 

Technical guidance for customizing learning experiences for students who receive Special Education support:

Focus Areas:

Projects & Math Units:

  • How do I add and remove Resources from students’ Projects?
  • How do I assign resources and activities to students from the Plans tab?
    • To assign tagged resources and activities to specific students, you can set up groups in the Learner's Tab and assign differentiated resources to each group.
    • The Projects in the Summit Learning Base Curriculum offer resources that have been tagged as supports for specific student needs. These resources and activities have an orange hand icon next to them and are intended for targeted assignment.
  • How do I use the Learners tab to personalize Project assignments?
    • You can use the Learners tab to group students by their previous Cognitive Skill scores, Focus Area data, or MAP scores. You can also group your students by Foundational Skills, including Language, Math, Reading, Self-Direction, Writing.
  • Using Differentiated Resources & Activities
    • Setting up groups in the Learner’s Tab will make differentiation simple. There are two approaches that can be taken with regard to grouping students who are receiving Special Education support through the Learner’s Tab.
      • Ensure that you have created Foundations groups for all of the domains: Language, Mathematics, Reading, Self-Direction, and Writing. Assign students to domains for which they require scaffolding to participate at grade level. 
      • Alternatively, you may choose to set up Custom Groups and assign differentiated resources and activities to each level.


Specialized Support Profiles:

  • Specialized Support Profiles give support specialists and teachers shared visibility into a student’s areas of needed support, strengths, and progress. Specialized Support Profiles are designed to help support students that receive targeted support (i.e. interventions) or support through an Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Support plan, or English Language Development program. These profiles centralize detailed information about each student's support areas, and provide specialists and teachers a space to directly coordinate support strategies within the Platform. As a result, teachers and specialists can make more informed decisions about providing differentiated support that drives each student’s growth. 

Accessibility Resource Bank:

  • The Accessibility Resource Bank is a curated selection of research-based resources that teachers can use as scaffolds for classroom tasks for all learners-- especially those with Foundations needs. SPED students can benefit from the research-based tools and strategies found in each of the sections of the Resource Bank-- Reading, Writing, Language, Math, and Self-Directed Learning Resources. Some resources are instructional strategies and others are resources that can be customized, saved, and uploaded to the Summit Learning Platform for targeted assignment. 


  • Considerations for Modified Courses
    • Teachers can create a modified course for students requiring modifications on their IEPs. Since reducing the rigor for a student is a decision that should not be taken lightly, it is important to keep in mind that creating a modified course requires a lot of extra work, has many implications, and needs to be coordinated at a district level.

Additional Resources:

  • Custom sections
    • Use custom sections in order to monitor the progress of a specific group of students that you support on a single dashboard.
  • Additional Technical Tools to Support Diverse Learners
    • Some students benefit from additional tools to help them browse and work independently online. This resource includes several embedded accessibility tools and Chrome extensions that can be particularly useful for improving the productivity and independence of diverse learners, including students with disabilities, students struggling with reading, and English Language Learners. 


Learning Space Curriculum, Instruction, and Programmatic Guidance

The Learning Space is a repository of training materials that teachers can use to access presentations, documents, and workshops from training events. This collection includes resources that offer guidance on serving students as they develop Foundations (e.g. academic, cognitive, social-behavioral skills), including students receiving Special Education support. Resources include insights on increasing accessibility and providing customization in Projects and Math Units, suggestions for intervention programming beyond the Base Curriculum, and considerations for Special Education in a Summit Learning context. 

How do I find guidance on curriculum and instruction for students with IEPs/504s? Go to the Curriculum Accessibility Supports & Programming.

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