school offers a reading program called "Reading Recovery."
When I asked that my child receive Reading Recovery, the school said
he could not have this program because Reading Recovery is for first graders.
I don't know why a child with an IEP can't have Reading Recovery.
Second, I have not signed an IEP for the coming year. The IEP team said they would look into the questions I had. They said I would receive an updated revised IEP to sign. Several weeks have passed and I have not received the IEP.
much longer should I wait before I contact the school and ask for
answers to my questions and the IEP?
However, many respected reading experts have expressed serious concerns about the effectiveness of Reading Recovery. (See links to articles about Reading Recovery below)
Unless you have an independent evaluation that tells you that Reading Recovery is appropriate for your child, do not invest time and energy into this program just because it is available, or just to see if it will work.
a Comprehensive Evaluation
Once you have your evaluation in hand, send a letter to the principal or special education director. Ask for an IEP meeting to write an IEP based upon the most recent information from testing - your evaluation.
According to many reading experts and specialists, Reading Recovery is not successful with its targeted student population, the lowest performing first grade students.
Recovery: Myths and Reality
Research on Reading Recovery
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writes about reading, research based instruction, No Child Left Behind, and
strategies for using federal education standards to advocate for
and to improve public schools. Her articles have been reprinted by SchwabLearning.org, EducationNews.org, Bridges4Kids.org, The Beacon: Journal of Special Education Law and Practice, the Schafer Autism Report, and have been used in CLE presentations to attorneys. Sue Whitney's bio.
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