should know about evaluations; tests and measurements for parents,
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how high are high-stakes tests - a student's perspective; high-stakes
lawsuit filed in Mass, other lawsuits suits in CA, OR, IN;
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a parent, you must make sure that all areas of possible need are assessed
as quickly as possible. While some parents would rather not allow
their school system to evaluate their child, a refusal to cooperate
at this stage of the process can backfire if you need to ask for more
or for different services later. It may also affect your ability to
have the school system pay for an independent evaluation."
2. Tests & Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate and Attorney by Pete & Pam Wright
child has received special education for three years. Has your child
caught up with the peer group? Has your child fallen further behind?
How can you tell?
To successfully negotiate for services that provide educational benefit, parents need to know how to interpret test scores. Tests & Measurements is reading for ALL our clients. To ensure that you have the graphics in this article, print the article from the screen (rather than download it).
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4. Using an Expert as an Effective Resource by Jennifer Bollero, Esq.
Attorney-author Jennifer Bollero explains why parents should rely on advice from trained professionals to make informed decisions about educational interventions. You will learn why medical experts should advise parents to seek the best medical and therapeutic treatments - and why a request for the "best" education from the school is fatal.
Read Using an Expert as an Effective Resource:
5. How High Are the Stakes in High-Stakes Testing? A Student's Perspective
High expectations? Fairness? Accountability? Most people have strong opinions about these issues. Confident that you have the answers?
September 19, a lawsuit was filed against the state department of
education and Holyoke school district on behalf of six students from
the Holyoke and Springfield area. The suit alleges that the Massachusetts
Comprehensive Assessment System exam discriminates against students
with disabilities, minority students, and students with limited-English
6. More High-Stakes Lawsuits: Indiana, California, Oregon
Pete wrote, "IDEA requirements about assessing disabled children
on state testing may lead parents to realize that their child is not
benefiting from special education. Litigation may begin sooner when
this part of the statute takes effect." (Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law, page 48-49)
Rights Advocates files lawsuit against California Dept of Education;
claims that exit exam discriminates because it does not provide for
an alternate assessment, provides no procedure for requesting accommodations,
nor a process for appeals. Read Lawsuit
Against High Stakes Test Filed in California:
about high-stakes tests are flaring up around the country: issues
include high expectations v. accountability, due process rights, obligations
to teach basic skills. Read Indiana
Judge Asked for Injunction So Seniors Can Graduate:
7. Free Pubs: High Stakes Testing
Disability Rights Advocates, Do No Harm - High Stakes Testing and Students with Learning Disabilities (2001).
accommodations, alternate assessments, appeals, procedures, and other
safeguards that should be implemented for statewide assessment systems
to comply with the law and guarantee educationally sound opportunities
to students with learning disabilities. Dowload
on Education Policy, State
High School Exit Exams: A Baseline Report (2002).
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Visit our Free Pubs page, download publications about IEPs, special education, transition planning, reading, children's mental health, harassment, high-stakes testing, retention and social promotion, zero tolerance and discipline. The contents of this page will change as we add new publications.
9. Alert: New Decision in Nevada School Brutality Cases
On September 23, we sent an Alert about the new decision from the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the long-running school brutality cases against Clark County Public Schools. The court reversed the District Court and ruled that school personnel do not have immunity.
The Alert and decisions are now available on the site. Download Witte v. Clark County Schools & Eason v. Clark County Schools: New Decision in School Brutality Cases from:
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