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Understanding Your Child's Test Scores

All important educational decisions - eligibility, services in your child's IEP, educational progress - are based on test scores. Not grades, not subjective observations - test scores.

There's no way around it. To be an effective advocate, you need to know what tests measure and what test scores mean.

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Why are test scores so important? When you understand your child's test scores, you can -

  • identify your child's strengths and weaknesses
  • identify your child's needs
  • determine if your child is making progress
  • create charts that document progress or regressionUnderstanding Your Child's Test Scores

In this 1.5 hour program, Pete Wright will teach you about the bell curve, mean, and standard deviations. You'll learn how to draw the bell curve and how to use your child's test scores to create powerful progress graphs. Pete will also teach you about standard scores, percentile ranks, subtest scores, composite or cluster scores, and subtest scatter.

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The Understanding Your Child's Test Scores program uses Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd. Edition as the required coursebook. You need this book for the course. As Pete explains specific concepts, he will have you make margin notes in your book so you can find important information more easily.

If you do not have the coursebook, Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, 2nd. Edition, you can purchase it in the Wrightslaw Store in several formats.

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Program Overview

To design an educational program that meets your child's unique needs, you must use information from objective tests. To measure and monitor your child's educational progress, you must use information from objective tests and you must know what these scores mean.

This program, Understanding Your Child's Test Scores (1.5 hours), focuses on these areas:

  • What Tests and Subtests Measure
  • The Bell Curve
  • Standard Scores
  • Percentile Ranks
  • How to Chart Test Scores & Create Progress Graphs

Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.

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Read what this mother of four children with special needs wrote about this training:

WOW! When I used this training about test scores, I got a new plan, a new evaluation, additional services in the IEP – all in a one hour meeting.

"I have four children with special needs and little time to spend learning the law or strategies. This CD training is great!  I listen to it while I’m getting ready in the morning, packing lunches, doing laundry. Even with my busy schedule, I get repetition and review – I pick up something new every time I use it. 

"I learned how to understand Sam’s test scores and how to chart the scores to show lack of progress. I also learned how to work with the school to be part of the solution. I did it!"

"This is advocacy training at it's best..." Read reviews

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Series Instructors

Wrightslaw Special Education Law & AdvocacyPete and Pam are Adjunct Professors of Law at the William and Mary Law School where they teach a course about special education law and advocacy and assist with the Law School's Special Education Law Clinic.

Your instructor for the Understanding Your Child's Test Scores Multimedia training program is Pete Wright.

Pete Wright is an attorney who represents children with special educational needs. He successfully represented Shannon Carter before the United States Supreme Court in Florence County v. Shannon Carter (501 U.S. 7). Short bio.

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