Traditionally, special educators are highly involved in providing services to students with special needs. Since the reauthorization of IDEA in 2004, special educators have become increasingly involved in supporting general education students as well.
After a process of universal screening in the areas of literacy, Math and behavior, general education students who do not meet grade level expectations receive additional research-based instruction to close the gap. This can be accomplished by blending the experience and expertise of all educators. The goal is to meet the needs of diverse learners in the general education classroom without the need for an Individualized Education Program (IEP).