WHAT IS THE SUMMARY OF PERFORMANCE?
The Summary of Performance (SOP) is a summary report required for all students with disabilities who are graduating with a diploma or have reached the maximum age of attendance. The SOP summary includes the student’s academic achievements, functional performance, post school goals and aspirations, disability impact, and recommendations of supports needed in future environments. The SOP is federally required under the reauthorization of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). Local educational agencies are mandated to provide a summary for all students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan who are graduating with a diploma or have reached the age of 22 years old.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR COMPLETING THE SUMMARY OF PERFORMANCE?
Special education teachers (case carriers) are responsible for completing the SOP in a student’s final year of receiving educational services in high school. The District has specific guidelines and procedures for completing the SOP. Teachers should refer to the directions and follow the procedures provided in BUL- 5796.1. Click the image to open the bulletin.
There are two forms:
A-1, A-2 Summary of Performance-General Curriculum (For students with disabilities with an IEP and Section 504 Plan who are graduating with a diploma)
B-1, B-2 Summary of Performance- Alternate Curriculum (For students with disabilities on the Alternate Curriculum and have reached the maximum age of attendance)
A copy of the document should be given to the student/parent and one copy filed in the student’s cum.
WHY IS THE SUMMARY OF PERFORMANCE SO IMPORTANT?
The Summary of Performance (SOP) may appear to be a simple report, however it plays a significant role in future outcomes for students with disabilities. It provides critical information that supports Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act to identify reasonable accommodations in post-secondary settings. Most importantly, the SOP provides critical information about experiences and skills students have learned that prepare them to become independent and active adults in the future.