Originally Answered: how come in special ed in high school the teachers give you very easy?
You should know that teachers, parents, and principals spend a lot of time thinking and talking about the issues you raise here. Since all of them care about education, the arguments get pretty hot sometimes!
I think I hear you saying that the work you are given to do in the special education classroom is too easy *for you*, that you are ready for bigger challenges, and motivated to catch up to your general education peers. I'm also going to assume that you are in the USA. If you're in a different country, the laws are going to be different. Even if you are in the USA, state laws, school district procedures, and the way people talk about this stuff may be a little different.
For example, there's a teacher who runs your IEP meetings. I've heard people call this person an "IEP coordinator", "care coordinator", "variance teacher" or "index teacher". Whatever you call this person, he or she is the one who has to make sure the school addresses your individual needs.
When you turn 18--most of the time--parental rights transfer to you. This means instead of getting your mom, dad, or guardian to sign paperwork or come to meetings, you get that responsibility.
Even if you are not yet 18, it sounds like you are ready to play a bigger role in decisions about you. Congratulations! If I were there, I'd shake your hand. You may still need your parent or guardian's help to get what you need, but I'm guessing the school will be more than happy to have you come to meetings and become a part of the big decisions that need to be made.
1) Ask your parent or guardian to show you a copy of your IEP. Tell them you want to attend IEP meetings and other meetings at school about you from now on.
2) If they can't help you, or you look at your IEP and you don't understand what it says (teachers have to learn to read them too--it ain't easy!), ask your IEP coordinator to go over it with you and explain it to you. You might even print out your questions and these answers. The teacher may not be able to do it right at the moment you ask. They need to have that discussion without other students around, and that may take a few days to arrange.
3) Share your concerns with your IEP coordinator. Ask if some changes can be made to your IEP or to the material you are given in your classes. I don't know what the teacher will do at that point.
There are several ways that could go. They may have you take some tests to get a better idea of what you can actually do. They may change your class schedule. They might move you into a general ed class or two. This would be difficult for you at first, but maybe you get the hang of it after the first few weeks. Hard work though--no excuses! Or they may give you work to do in your special ed class that is a little bit more difficult and more in line with the grade-level standards.
4) If you get stuck, contact your local disability rights organization and ask for an advocate. If you click on the link below, look for a pull-down menu under "Get help in your state", and choose the state where you live. This should lead you to contact information for an organization designed to help you with problems like this.
They will be familiar with the local laws, and are pretty good at explaining them to parents and students. If your parents (or you--if you are over 18) sign some paperwork, the advocate can review your files, ask your teachers and counselors some questions, and go to meetings with you.
Good luck! I hope you get what you're looking for!