Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills
you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. In
this issue, we look at special education rights and high-stakes
Highlights: Right to a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE); free shipping & free CD-ROM with Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind - pre-pub offer ends today; questions about accommodations and high-stakes testing; resources and flyers about high-stakes tests, retention, and discrimination; get help from Yellow Pages for Kids; Wrightslaw advocacy training program in OK - free to parents.
newsletter in html: http://www.wrightslaw.com/nltr/03/nl.1118.htm
1. Why Not the Best? - Four Lessons about FAPE
Many parents ask how to get the BEST program for their child or a program that maximizes the child's potential. Is your child entitled to the best program? To a program that maximizes the child's potential?
answers to these questions, read "Loving
Parents Want What's Best: Four Lessons about FAPE.
2. Wrightslaw Guide To a Free, Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)
you have a child with a disability, your child is entitled to
a free appropriate public education (FAPE). To answer your questions
about this concept, we built a page about FAPE with links to articles,
cases, and other resources.
legal concept of FAPE is shorthand for free,
appropriate public education. The legal
definition of FAPE is in the Individuals
with Disabilities Education Act of 1997 (IDEA) at 20 U. S.
C. § 1401(8) (See Wrightslaw:
Special Education Law, page 27) and the Code of Federal Regulations
at 34 C.F.R. § 300.13 (See Wrightslaw:
Special Ed Law, page 142).
3. Free Shipping, Free CD: Pre-Publication Offer Ends Today!
Easy to read, incredibly informative a must read for all parents in America. Dr. , Elaine Holden, The Reading Foundation
Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind with the Wrightslaw
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4. Doing Your Homework: Questions about Accommodations on High-Stakes Tests
"I am a special education teacher. My administrators say that if a child receives accommodations on the state assessment, the student will receive a "0". This will lower the school and subgroup score. Therefore, we are being "encouraged" to not recommend accommodations."
about the 5th grader who is reading at the 1st grade level? How
painful and frustrating will this test be for him? He will not
be able to demonstrate what he knows. Why can't his test be scored
5. Learn about High-Stakes Tests, Retention & Discrimination
As states implement high-stakes tests, some developed blanket policies that prohibit or severely limit accommodations and modifications -- despite federal law and regulations that prohibit this policy.
a good overview of these issues, read OSEP
Memorandum: Questions & Answers About IDEA, Students with
Disabilities and State and District-wide Assessments.
a child with Down Syndrome describes her child in a Success Story,
My Son with Down Syndrome Passed the High-Stakes Tests.
Over the objections of school personnel, her child took these
tests and passed with flying colors. http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/highstak.down.success.htm
If you are dealing with a retention problem, you must educate yourself before you can advocate for the child. The information on the Retention page will help you fight these damaging policies. http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/retain.index.htm
Statement on Student Grade Retention and Social Promotion
(National Association of School Psychologists) "Through many
years of research, the practice of retaining children in grade
has been shown to be ineffective in meeting the needs of children
who are academically delayed."
504 prohibits state departments of education and local
school districts from developing policies that would limit disabled
children from participating in assessments or deny benefits from
participating in assessments (i.e., promotion, graduation). http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/sec504.index.htm
Center on Educational Outcomes site has a page about Accommodations
for Students with Disabilities that includes general information
about accommodations, frequently asked questions, and links
to state accommodations policies. http://education.umn.edu/NCEO/TopicAreas/Accommodations/Accom_topic.htm
6. Need Help? Visit the Yellow Pages for Kids
We built the Yellow
Pages for Kids site so so you can find information and
help in one place.
To get the word out about the state
Yellow Pages for
Kids , we designed flyers
for each state.
Strategy: Ask your school, public library, day care center, and support group to post your state flyers on their bulletin boards and websites.
Ask your PTA or SEPTA to distribute the flyer. State Yellow Pages Flyers are great to distribute at conferences, seminars, training programs, and workshops.
to your friends and family members who live in other states. Access
flyers from this page: http://www.yellowpagesforkids.com/help/state.flyers.htm
7. Advocacy Training in Oklahoma - Free to OK Parents & Caregivers!
a marvelous conference! I often leave sped presentations angry
and/or guilty because of all the things that have been done or
not done. This time I left encouraged, inspired and armed!"
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