Eligibility: BELOW GRADE LEVEL? DON’T THEY LOOK AT LOCAL VS NATIONAL?

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Marie Ann:  My child seems to be not eligible for SPED because our state indicates the child “has to be below 12%”. This sounds like such a load to me because we all know that numbers can be manipulated and the state doesn’t easily indicate precisely what they are talking about. So I am looking at our Woodcock J results and can easily see the percentage points and where our child falls on the bell curve. My question is this – our state is above average when compared to the country and my child’s school is above average in the district (like one of the best schools in the state). As I prepare a position for our IEP request, how can I verbalize that my child might range between 17% and 32% on the Woodcock subtests,, but between the SD and the fact that our child’s peers are well above the national average. Your help is so appreciated! I already bought a couple of books, but I’m not sure if I can afford to keep buying the publications to get an answer. Thank you

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Since this rule appears to come to the state, I suggest that you contact your state parent training & information center. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center They will know about the state rules, & be able to advise you.

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