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1. Message from the Editor: Evaluations & IEEs
Many parents and teachers have questions about tests and evaluations. In this issue, we answer your questions about evaluations and independent educational evaluations (IEEs), test selection, how to get an independent evaluation by an evaluator of your choice, mistakes independent evaluators make, requests for help, and more.
2. My Child is Being Evaluated - What Tests Should I Request? by Pat Howey
think my child has a learning disability - what tests should I request?"
Child is Being Evaluated - What Tests Should I Request?, Pat Howey
offers advice about evaluations, test selection, state laws governing
evaluations of children with special educational needs, and the special
responsibilities and duties of advocates. Read
3. Independent Educational Evaluations: What? Why? Who Pays? by Wayne Steedman, Esq.
school personnel are often confused about what constitutes an independent
educational evaluation (IEE) and how the evaluation should be used.
4. Coming Soon! Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004
Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 (ISBN: 1-892320-05-3) is the new publication by Pete and Pam Wright that will be published this summer (2005) by Harbor House Law Press.
Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 includes the full text of Parts A and B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004), extensive commentary, strategies, changes from IDEA 97, and cross-references. The format, layout, and statutory explanations are similar to Wrightslaw: Special Education Law and Wrightslaw: No Child Left Behind.
Subscribers to The Special Ed Advocate newsletter will receive advance notice before Wrightslaw: IDEA 2004 is available to the public. Watch your email box - we'll keep you posted.
Learn more about IDEA 2004.
More Wrightslaw publications - and one cool DVD!
5. Your Requests for Help
"I'm from New York. I need an advocate who can help me get a better program for my child. Can you help?"
need to find a good ABA program in Texas? Can you help?"
your requests for help, we built Yellow
Pages for Kids with Disabilities
for every state and territory.
If you are looking for help, please visit the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities!
6. Can We Get an Independent Evaluation by an Evaluator of Our Choice?
"I am not satisfied with the school evaluation of my child - the evaluator minimized problems and did not make recommendations about services. When I requested an independent educational evaluation, the school said I have to use an evaluator from their "approved list." Is this true?"
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act includes procedural safeguards
to protect the rights of children and their parents. These procedural
safeguards include the right to examine all records, participate in meetings,
and the right to an independent educational evaluation:
to Compromise with Your School District Without Compromising Your Child,
parent attorney Gary Mayerson (who represented the family in Zachary
Deal v. Hamilton County TN and other cases) describes a strategy
parents can use to get an independent evaluation by an evaluator of their
choice. The strategy uses a letter that you can tailor to your circumstances.
7. Evaluations: What Parents Need to Know
Parents Should Get a Comprehensive Evaluation from an Independent Evaluator
- Pete & Pam Wright describe benefits of a comprehensive evaluation
by an independent evaluator.
8. Mistakes People Make: Independent Evaluators by Bob Crabtree, Esq.
To make their case for services or a specific program for their child, parents need a competent, credible independent evaluator. Mistakes by evaluators can make undermine their credibility or render their opinions useless. To learn about mistakes independent evaluators should avoid, read Mistakes People Make: Independent Evaluators by parent attorney Bob Crabtree.
Learn more about parent advocacy in Advocacy 101.
9. Coming Up! Wrightslaw Programs in Michigan & Hawaii
Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Training Programs focus on four areas: special education laws including significant changes in IDEA 2004; how to use the bell curve to measure educational progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and advocacy tactics & strategies.
Schools, Waterford, MI - May 24, 2005 (Special Education Law & Advocacy
Training) - Attorney Wayne
Steedman and advocate Pat
Howey present a full-day Wrightslaw training program - NEW!
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