I recently asked for a grade modification for a student and was basically told no. I'd like some advice or answers so I can either change how I address these issues or document that I did the right thing and the school refused. This is a high school student, MMD, who receives all core classes in pull-out setting. He takes electives of his choosing. He ended up failing his elective this term, but had come to me about 3 weeks before the end and asked what to do if he "needed help." He told me he had a test in which he had label parts, and that while he could do so he couldn't diagram them or spell them (makes sense.) I arranged for an aide to go to the room and administer the test orally but this was several days after the fact and the student was engrossed in another project and couldn't stop (also, makes sense--he'd have traded one 0 for another.) I asked the student if he had asked the teacher for help and he told me he had, more than once. I told him to do his best to get all his bookwork in and we'd see what we could do about eliminating the test. When the grades came out and it was clear the teacher had not modified the score nor removed 0s for the 2 tests like this, I added the student's name to a list of schedule and grade questions for the counselors. I was told no modifications would be done without the approval of the principal, which I received immediately upon leaving the counselor's office. I was told later it was "taken care of," but today I was called to the counselor and shown an email from the regular teacher who claimed he had removed the scores, the student still failed, and it was because he hadn't made an effort to get his work done. the teacher stated he had "told him repeatedly to get busy" and the student "just sat there or talked." I've worked with students from this and similar courses in the field for years, and the textbooks are college-level. As I told the counselors, all too often even I say, "just take a guess, we've got to go on." There was no way this student could read the book and find the answers to questions. In addition, other times I've contacted him about making accommodations for students--including this term--the teacher has simply sent his students to me for help, which meant I had to neglect my own students to work with them; specifically, at one point I was working with 1 student for 140 minutes a day trying to help catch him up in the same class, and this was during my own classes when my own students were forced to work independently. I've told all involved that I've documented I asked for a grade modification and that the student claimed he'd asked for help repeatedly. I've also explained the situation to the student and told him there was nothing else I could do, and unless his mom wanted to come in (hint, hint) the grade couldn't be modified. (FYI, I have make-up assignments ready for him, and told the counselors this; it's not like we're 'giving him a grade,' just giving him make-up work at his own level in order to catch up.) Can anyone tell me who decides on grade modifications? Is it at the discretion of the regular teacher, counselor, or even administrator, when it's already been decided, documented, and tied to evaluation evidence in an ARC? Also, how do you get regular teachers to modify and give accommodations? Ours just refuse, and while our school and district administrators know this, they also won't do anything about it. As a matter of fact it gets thrown back at us, with "you all get together and work it out." Argh. I'm really not trying to be difficult, but if a kid with an IQ of 76 asks for help reading and can't get it, then fails, it just seems obvious that he might need a grade modification....also, these are vocational students and the teachers don't hesitate to work them in the workshops and fields, but then give them two or three written assignments when they're busy with something else and then fail them! I've already discussed both self-advocacy and self-sufficiency and responsibilty with the student. he does hold some accountability--BUT--by law, if no accommodations were given, the student asked for help and was refused, and he has grade modification on his IEP...why am I having to deal with this and treated like I'm an imbicile for expecting them to change his grade?