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Do IQ Scores Belong In IEPs?
Our daughter has speech language processing problems. This year, the IEP team included the results of an old WISC (more than two years old) in her IEP. This is the first time IQ scores have been included in her IEP. We disagreed but the IEP team insisted.
The results of the old IQ test are very different than prior evaluations. Her Verbal, Performance and Full Scale IQ scores were significantly lower on this evaluation. Two months ago, we had an independent evaluation done. The results of this evaluation are in line with earlier testing. When the IEP team insisted that IQ test scores must be included in the IEP, we asked that the recent test results be included.
The IEP team refused to include the new evaluation results. They agreed to include a few statements from the private evaluator’s report because these statements are "interesting."
We are concerned that if the old IQ test scores are included in her IEP (Verbal, Performance & Full Scale IQ scores, no subtest scores), those working with our daughter will have lower expectations for her and she will be treated as a 'slow learner'.
300.347(a)(1) requires that the IEP for each child with a disability include
(i) How the child’s disability affects the child’s involvement and progress in the general curriculum (i.e., the same curriculum as for nondisabled children) . . .
Expectations & Letter Writing
You are correct
to be concerned about low expectations. When IDEA was reauthorized in
1997, Congress wrote:
many parents of high school students are concerned about their child’s
transition from high school to "life after school."
Legal Requirements for Transition Components of the IEP - Barbara D. Bateman, Ph.D., J.D.
Making the Transition from School to Work by Sue Heath
The IEP for Transition Age Students - National Center on Secondary Education and Transition and The Pacer Center
Planning: A Team Effort - National Information Center for Children
and Youth with Disabilities