Should Schools Provide Test Results to Parents
Before the IEP Meeting?

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ISSN: 1538-320
October 18, 2016


The school is required to fully evaluate any child who may have a disability and need special education services.

This evaluation should identify your child's problems and include a plan to address these problems.

As a parent, you need to know:

  • all about assessments and tests
  • what tests actually measure
  • test strengths and weaknesses
  • what test scores mean

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you learn that making wise decisions about your child's special education program comes from accurate test and evaluation information about his disability, strengths, weaknesses, and needs.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.
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Should Schools Provide Test Results to the Parent - Before an IEP Meeting?

There is a legal mandate for schools to provide a copy.

The School must comply without unnecessary delay and before any meeting regarding an IEP - there is no wiggle room about this requirement.


What Tests Should I Request?

Get advice about evaluations, test selection, state laws governing evaluations of children with special educational needs, and the special responsibilities and duties of advocates.


Can the School Repeat the Same Evaluation within a Year

Re-evaluations should occur at least every 3 years (in each area of disability).

They should also occur:

  • if a significant change in the student’s functioning
  • if it is unclear how to assist the student in a given area

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What You Should Know about Evaluations

  • Your school must evaluate in all areas related to the suspected disability.
  • Your school must notify you first and obtain parental consent.
  • You must be part of the team that makes decisions after evaluations are complete.

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