Ask the Advocate > My Child is Not Allowed to Play Sports Because of Low Grades by Pat Howey
"My son has learning disabilities and ADHD. He is charming and social. He loves to play sports, but is often excluded because of his grades - he receives D's and F's in some subjects. According to his IEP, his work should be modified. What can I do?"
special education and related services is the school providing?
Does the school provide individualized instruction designed
to meet your child's unique needs? Or does the school
only provide help with assignments, homework and accommodations
many cases, kids in resource rooms (special education classrooms)
do not receive much (or any) one-on-one instruction that targets
their basic skills in reading, writing, math, and spelling. Instead,
the teachers provide help with school work and homework.
Do the Evaluations Tell You?
Most parents (and many teachers) do not understand standard scores. A standard score of 70 does not mean your child is "passing." A standard score of 70 means your child is functioning at the 2nd percentile in that area.
Here is an easy way to think about standard scores and percentiles: If 100 children your son's age took the same test, 98 of those kids would do better than your child.
not very good, is it?
you become more involved and educated, you are likely to meet
many other parents who are as upset as you. Wrightslaw
training programs are a good way to meet other parents who
are fighting for services for their children.
Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate and Attorney - Your child has received three years of special education for reading problems. Has the child caught up with the peer group? Has the child fallen further behind? How can you tell? What do standard scores, percentile ranks, subtest scores, and age and grade equivalents mean?
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To successfully negotiate for services that provide educational
benefit, parents need to know how to interpret test scores.
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Patricia Howey has supported families of children with disabilities since 1985. She has a specific learning disability and became involved in special education when her youngest child entered kindergarten. Pat has children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who have a variety of disabilities and she has used her experience to advocate for better special education services for several of them.
Pat began her advocacy career as a volunteer for the Task Force on Education for the Handicapped (now InSource), Indiana’s Parent Training and Information Center. In 1990, she opened her advocacy practice and served families throughout Indiana by representing them at IEP meetings, mediation, and due process hearings.
In 2017, Pat closed her advocacy practice and began working on a contract basis as a special education paralegal. Attorneys in Indiana, Texas, and California contracted with her to review documents, spot issues, draft due process complaints, prepare for hearings, and assist at hearings. In January 2019, she became an employee of the Connell Michael Kerr law firm, owned by Erin Connell, Catherine Michael, and Sonja Kerr. Her duties have now expanded to assisting with federal court cases.