Attention Parents: We Need Your help!

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If you have a child who receives special education services, you’ve probably received a copy of a psychological report on your child. If you are like most parents, you had trouble understanding what the report said and what it meant.

The average psycho-educational evaluation is written at or above the 16th grade level so it isn’t surprising that you were confused. The people who need to understand the findings of your child’s evaluation – you and your child’s teachers – say psychological reports are not helpful.

Mom studying evaluation report

Mom tries to understand recent evaluation report from the school

John Hite, a friend who is in graduate school, developed a survey about evaluations, If you meet the criteria to participate, please give us a hand and take the survey. The results may be used to improve psychological reports so parents and teachers can understand their findings.

Criteria for participation
1. You must have a child between ages 3 and 21
2. Your child had a psycho-educational or psychological evaluation within the last year OR you considered referring your child for an evaluation within the last year.

Time commitment
The survey takes approximately 15 minutes. It involves reading two purposely shortened reports, then answering questions (all online). The study is anonymous – you will not be asked to provide any personal information.

Link to survey
Please click this link to begin the study:

Or copy and paste this link  into your browser (Chrome, Safari, etc)

After you click the link, you will go to a page that describes the study. You will be asked to click a consent button that you voluntarily agree to participate in the study.

Please share! If you participate and if you don’t meet the criteria to participate, we hope you will forward the link to this page about the survey to others who may qualify.

Many thanks for your help!

Pete and Pam Wright – at
John Hite – Doctoral Candidate in School Psychology

  1. My daughter’s a sophomore in 10th grade and has a 504. She has not taken an IB or AP class can she get into a good college with her 504? Her GPA is 3.3, is there a list of colleges which take 504s?

    • When you apply to colleges, you don’t apply as “a student with a disability.” This information will not be on her HS transcript and she need not reveal it in the admissions process. The bigger question is if she is taking the courses required for admission. Consider if she has an academic focus (major) in mind. What options in general does she have? Is distance from home a concern? Cost? Impacted programs? You might look at what schools are available for what interests her, then research a little how their Disability Services offices work. Some colleges are just better equipped and experienced than others at supporting/accommodating different types of disabilties. Some colleges even have special (extra cost) programs that further aid student with disabilties (esp learning disabilties.

    • Information, articles, resources, and directories of programs/colleges, choosing the right school –

      Be sure to read the section on Legal Rights and Responsibilities on that page – including the Letter to Parents

      and the OCR Rights and Responsibilities info at

      Also good information here about establishing your child’s post-secondary plans and transition.

      These resources should help you get started.

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