This Guide offers many North Carolina parents a tool to advance the education of their children. The publication highlights and explains the requirements of a state law known as the Personal Education Plan Law or “PEP Law.” As discussed in the Guide the law requires schools to develop a customized Personal Education Plan (PEP) for every student considered to be at risk of academic failure. “At-risk students” include students who do not pass the State’s End-of-Grade (EOG) and End-of-Course (EOC) tests, and students who show signs of academic failure, such as behavior problems and poor performance on classroom work or tests. A PEP is a plan that includes education strategies specifically designed to improve an individual student’s academic performance in school and to bring the student to grade level proficiency.
Based on test scores and other indicators, North Carolina has over 400,000 students considered to be at risk of failing in school. If parents properly understand and know how to use this law, it has tremendous potential to improve educational outcomes for struggling students. The Guide offers a summary of the law and practical suggestions on how parents can effectively use the law and participate in the PEP process.