The district evaluation and our IEE show my 8th grade daughter has regressed and is falling far behind. Reading – 5th grade level. Math – 4th grade level. Verbal score 122 (93rd percentile) and performance score 72 (3rd percentile). She has had an IEP since 5th grade.
The district says she does not need to be at grade level because her report card grades are passing. What do I do next?
IMO, passing from grade to grade means little.
I see high school students all the time who are passing from grade to grade, who cannot pass the high school exit exam, and who cannot read.
Don’t pass exit exam=Don’t graduate!
As a parent, I would be concerned that my kid might have “given up” because her disability had never been remediated adequately.
Questions to Ask
Ask “What type of scientifically research based remediation has been used in order to address her deficit areas?”
Something else that I see is troublesome. There is a huge discrepancy between her performance score and her verbal score (50 points). I’m no psychologist, but to me that seems statistically significant.
Put it in Writing
Next. Ask the school to put into writing what they said.
Write a letter to the school. Ask what Research Based Instruction (RBI) they are using.
In your letter
- restate your concerns
- restate the school’s response to your concern.
Ask the school to confirm what they said – that “your daughter does not have to be on grade level because she is passing from grade to grade.” Perhaps you “misunderstood.”
You Can Do This!
You are headed in the right direction. Make yourself the expert on your daughter, her disability and the IDEA.
No one has more to lose here than you and your daughter. You are her best advocate.
Read everything you can get your hands on regarding scientifically research based instruction, the IDEA and your daughter’s disability.
Document in writing everything that is said and done. Be businesslike and polite.