I received my son's academic test results. He scored at the 2nd
percentile in language arts (lowest ever). There were no scores for
math. The report said he "either scored so low he could not be
graded or he was not given the test."
it is normal to feel angry and frustrated when your child needs help,
this won't help your son in the long run. If you focus on who is to
blame, you are likely to burn out before you develop a plan to solve
ask the case manager if your son took a make-up test. If he did not,
then nicely ask the case manager "Why not?" Don't
focus on who is at fault. After you talk to the case manager, say
"thank you" and move on.
What information do you have about your child's progress or lack of
A group standardized test is not a great way to measure a child's progress. How does the IEP say your son's progress will be objectively measured? This is the testing you need to focus on.
the group achievement test was what the IEP team planned to use and
the group test was not administered, ask the IEP team to use an individually
administered educational achievement test to measure his progress.
Make sure the test(s) selected will measure key academic skills -
reading, writing, spelling, math.
Is the IEP based on complete, current testing?
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This site, Find Information about 4000 Common Tests, will help you find information about tests that may be proposed by IEP team members.
Get a Comprehensive Evaluation
need to get a comprehensive
evaluation of your child by an independent evaluator in the private
sector. A comprehensive evaluation will give you a roadmap for the
future. Confused? Read Why
Parents Should Get a Comprehensive Evaluation from an Independent
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you do your homework by reading these articles about tests & IEPs
and you get a comprehensive evaluation of your child, you may find
problems with your child's IEP. The IEP may need to be changed to
meet his needs and more closely follow the evaluators' recommendations.
Remember, special education is a service, not a place. To reach his goals, your child may need to receive instruction from a teacher who has different certifications and training. To learn more, read Support For School Personnel and Parent Training -Often Overlooked Keys To Success.
Go of Anger & Blame
As you learn effective advocacy skills, you will feel less powerless. As you feel less powerless, you will also feel less angry. Learn more about effective advocacy.
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