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The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
October 26, 2000

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1. New Letter to Wrightslaw: "School Says I Can't Have My Child's IEP Revised - Is This True?"

Liz writes: "My child isn't making progress under the current IEP. I asked that we convene an IEP meeting to revise the IEP. I've been told that because I signed an IEP at the end of last year, I can't ask that it be changed now. Is this true?"

What do you think? Does Liz's signature on the IEP mean she's stuck? Read the answer from Wrightslaw.


2. New Letter to Wrightslaw: "When Can School Exempt a Child From Statewide Testing?"

Most states are adopting "high stakes testing." Although requirements differ, most states require that the child pass a test or tests to graduate with a regular diploma. Historically, many school districts exempted large numbers of kids with disabilities from state tests.

Michelle writes about a disabled child who is being educated in regular classes with accommodations and modifications. The school does not plan to allow him to take the mandated state test, nor do they plan to use an "Alternative Assessment."

Michelle asked if it was legal to exempt a student with a disability from state and district testing. What do you think? Are students with disabilities exempt from state and district testing? Read our answer to Michelle.


3. New! Memorandum About Assessment From OSEP

Do you have questions about high stakes testing of children with disabilities? If so, you need to get a copy of the new Memorandum on Assessment that was published on August 24, 2000 by the U. S. Department of Education.

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