At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. In this issue, we answer your questions.
ed advocacy - 9 rules of thumb by Bob Crabtree; landmark case about
child find and damages; passing grades, IQ scores, LD evaluation requirements,
and eligibility questions; help from your state Yellow Pages; new
Free Pub - No Child Left Behind Deskbook; functional behavior assessments.
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Special Ed Advocacy - 9
Rules of Thumb by Robert Crabtree, Esq.
2. W.B. v Matula: Child Find & Damages
3. Passing Grades, IQ Scores & Special Ed Eligibility
"Does a school district have to evaluate a child for a specific learning disability, i.e. dyslexia? (Pennsylvania teacher)
"As advocates for students with learning disabilities, we see students being denied services because they are receiving As, Bs and Cs on their report cards and are passing from grade to grade."
are being told that a standard score of 85 or higher on an academic
portion of the Woodcock Johnson indicates the child is achieving at
grade level and does not need special education services . . . can
you clarify?" (North Carolina advocates)
are advocating for a child with dyslexia or a learning disability
and run into a gatekeeper, download and read Letter
4. Need Help? Visit Your State Yellow Pages
"Can you tell me if there is a support group for Aspergers? We live in Columbia, SC."
"I need to find an advocate - I live in Washington state."
We built the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so you can get reliable information and support.
When you visit your state Yellow Pages, you will find many different resources - evaluators, tutors, advocates, consultants, programs, attorneys, and support groups.
Yellow Pages Applications
We are accepting applications from evaluators, educational consultants, tutors, advocates, attorneys, and others who help parents get services for their children. If you provide a service, you may request a free listing on your state Yellow Pages.
Learn about application process: http://www.fetaweb.com/help/states.htm
5. Free Pub: No Child Left Behind Deskbook
have questions about the new testing requirements for para professionals."
I request information about the certification of my child's teacher?"
The NCLB Desktop Reference is a clear, straight forward guide to the No Child Left Behind Act. You can download a copy of No Child Left Behind: A Desktop Reference as a Word document or a pdf file from:
order copies of No Child Left Behind: A Desktop Reference by
writing to: Ed Pubs, Education Publications Center, U. S. Department
of Education, P. O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398
6. Free Pubs: Functional Behavior Assessments
"At your September advocacy program in Richmond, you mentioned a functional behavior assessment publication. Can you help me track this down?" - Lisa
Sure! Go to the Free Pubs page at:
down to "Behavior & Discipline." You want to download
Team's Introduction to Functional Behavioral Assessment and Behavior
Intervention Plans (in 3 parts)
You will find several good articles about functional behavior assessments on our Behavior & Discipline page:
Behavioral Assessment & Positive Interventions: What Parents Need
Behavioral Assessments: What? Why? When? Where? Who?
7. Coming in the Next Issue . . .
some great quotes this week.
know who made these statements? Why?
8. Subscription & Contact Info
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