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Tests Should I Request?
am an advocate, not a psychologist. I try to avoid suggesting specific
test instruments to parents or their independent evaluators. It is
far more important that parents have faith that the evaluator knows
what test instruments to use and that the parent knows the importance
of providing proper information so the evaluator can administer appropriate
is not to say that parents and advocates should not learn about testing
materials in general.
parent or advocate can learn all of the above items, but they must
also learn their state's rules and laws that set the requirements
for testing children with special educational needs. If they do not,
the school may reject the independent evaluation the parents paid
good money to obtain. It is just as important that parents and advocates
know these state requirements as it is for them to know about tests
that are used and the purposes for which they are used.
example, Indiana requires that children who are being evaluated to
determine if they have a specific learning disability be tested in
at least the following areas:
Ability testing, i.e., IQ
511 I.A.C. 7-26-8 (b) (1), (2), and (3)
Please refer to 511 I.A.C. 7-26-8 (b) for other requirements.
XXX ADD info re: IDEA 2004 testing requirements
advocates must advise parents that the independent evaluator is required
to assess all of these areas, as well. The last thing
an advocate wants is to have a parents' expensive independent testing
be thrown out because it doesn't include all the components required
by law - especially when the parent relied on the advocate's advice.
a Classroom Observations
Ability testing, i.e., IQ
511 I.A.C. 7-26-9 (b) (1), (2), and (3).
Please refer to 511 I.A.C. 7-26-9 (b) for other requirements.
advocates take on the responsibility of representing to parents what
types of tests are required, then they also assume the duty to ensure
that the parent understands all the requirements under Indiana law.
the parent trusts the independent evaluator, he or she must trust
the evaluator's ability to determine appropriate test instruments
for the child. However, parents and advocates should not assume that
all independent evaluators are knowledgeable about each and every
requirement under Indiana law.
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© 2005 Pat Howey
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