Tests / State Tests: IS STATE TESTING FAIR FOR AUTISTIC KIDS?

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Monica:  So here is my dilemma. Last year my 6th grade autistic son applied for the DATA program (a MAGNET Program) that specializes in technology. He was refused acceptance into the program because one of the requisites was to pass the STARR. My issue is this: when his results came back showing he made NO improvement, the district waved it off, stating he is autistic and cannot be expected to do well. If this is the case and it is expected, then how can they limit his ability to enter a program that is based on STARR passing? It seems to me that state testing is preventing him from being able to participate in programs that others are qualified for. This was the only requirement that he did not meet.

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Chuck

If this requirement is in their policy, it may not be possible to get them to change their decision. However the response that he “cannot be expected to do well” is violating the rules & intent of the IDEA. I suggest contacting the special ed director in writing. Emphasize the fact that there should be high expectations for him. I am guessing that you live in TX, since we have a STAAR test. State rules say that any student failing the test must receive accelerated instruction to catch them up with their peers. I work for the TX parent training & information center. Contact me acnoe59@hotmail.com If you are in another state, http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/