Heather: I am working with a foster parent and caseworker with 2 children in 5th and 6th grade. The children were just placed into foster care. They are not able to write all their letters, are reading at a kindergarten level and 2nd grade level respectively. They are both able to add and subtract small numbers. Obviously, they are significantly behind. Their mother said she was homeschooling them prior to their father’s death. The younger child has medical diagnosis of OCD and ADD and is being referred for autism testing. The older child has been diagnosed with anxiety and ADHD. The foster mother requested testing from the school district. After extensive meetings they were tested. They have average IQ’s and their scores on reading and math were K to 2nd grade.
The district then told the mom that the testing is not valid because of the previous educational neglect so they are not willing to provide any services. Is that true that they can refuse to give them any assistance or remediation due to their mother’s previous educational neglect? How does one go about proving there is a learning disability along with the educational neglect?