Summer School for Advocates
Measuring & Tracking Progress

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Bell CurveDo you know:

  • standard test scores
  • percentile ranks
  • subtest scores
  • age and grade equivalents on recent evaluations

There's no way around it. To be an effective advocate, you must learn how to measure educational progress.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you'll find Part 3 of Summer School for Advocates. Learn how to use information from tests to track a child's progress. You will also learn about the bell curve and how to use your child's test scores to create powerful progress graphs.

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Graph of test results

Tests & Measurements for the Parent, Teacher, Advocate, and Attorney

To measure and monitor a child's educational progress, you must use information from objective tests and you must know what these test scores mean. You need to be able to compare these scores with earlier testing.

Before you can participate in the development of an appropriate special education program, you must have a thorough understanding of a child's strengths and weaknesses. This information is contained in tests that are used to measure the child's abilities and educational achievement. 


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 regression

Understanding Your Child's Test Scores


What is Your Bell Curve IQ?

"Knowing how to use the bell curve is more important than knowing the law."- Pete Wright

You need to learn how to use the bell curve to measure educational progress. You also need to learn about standard scores, percentile ranks, and standard deviations.

Check your knowledge... Take the Bell Curve IQ Quiz


Independent Educational Evaluations

  1. What constitutes an IEE?
  2. What is the value of an IEE?
  3. What does the law require of school districts?
  4. Who is financially responsible for an IEE?

Find the answers ...

Independent Educational Evaluations: What? Why? How? and Who Pays?


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What's on the Blog: Evaluations

Independent Evaluations: Should parents provide a copy for the school?

School Evaluations: Should schools provide parents with a copy before an IEP meeting?


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