The 411 on Evaluations, Tests and Measurements

Yellow Pages for Kids    l   Blog   l    Law   l    Advocacy    l  Training   l     Store    l  Subscribe   l    Sitemap   l   Contact Us

In This Issue . . .

Circulation: 81,218
ISSN: 1538-320

September 28, 2010

Did you realize that knowing how to measure your child's educational progress is more important than knowing the law? Is your child learning and making good progress in the special ed program? Is your child falling further behind the peer group?

In Part 4 of our Back to School Series you learned your child must receive meaningful educational benefit to receive FAPE. How can tell if your child is receiving educational benefit? If you compare your child's educational achievement test scores over time, you will know the answer to that question.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate, you will learn about tests and measurements that allow you to measure your child's progress or lack of progress (regression). These statistics provide information about your child's needs, strengths, and weaknesses that you will need to make wise decisions about his special education program.

Please don't hesitate to forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.

Not a subscriber?
Sign up FREE Today!
Read previous issues

Find Wrightslaw on FacebookWrightslaw on Facebook


Is Your Child Making Progress? How Do You Know?

You need to know your child's present levels of functioning in academic areas. Where is your child functioning in reading? Spelling? Written language? Math? What do standard scores, percentile ranks, subtest scores, and age and grade equivalents mean?

You need to learn about tests and measurements so you can track your child's progress or lack of progress. If you don't, you will not be an equal participant in planning your child's special education.

Read Tests and Measurements for the Parent, Educator, Advocate & Attorney.

Understanding Your Child's Test Scores, Wrightslaw Training on CD-ROM

Understanding Your Child's Test Scores

This CD training is great! I have four children with special needs and little time to spend learning the law or strategies. 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.

Fact: 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.

In this multimedia training program on CD-ROM, 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.


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.

In What is Your Bell Curve IQ?, we give you a quiz and a plan to help you master this information - and have some fun.


Why Parents Should Get a Comprehensive Evaluation from an Independent Evaluator

Many of our articles on Wrightslaw offer parents this advice: "Get a comprehensive evaluation of your child by an independent evaluator in the private sector - this evaluation will give you a roadmap for the future. Choose an evaluator who is independent of the school district and who is willing to work with the school staff."

Some commenters on the Wrightslaw Way Blog asked...Why do so many of your answers to questions advise us to "get an evaluation"?

To learn why we give this advice - and stand by it - read Why Parents Should Get a Comprehensive Evaluation by an Independent Evaluator.


back to the top


What People Are Saying About The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
"Thanks for the trustworthy information and support you provide through the Wrightslaw web site and newsletter. You helped our family act when we needed to - we are thriving now."

Great Products From Wrightslaw

Wrightslaw: Special Education Law, 2nd Edition, by Pam and Pete Wright Wrightslaw: All About IEPs

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board

About the Book
To Order
About Book
To Order
About Book
To Order
About DVD Video
To Order