Summer School Session 3: Present Levels Before Placement!

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ISSN: 1538-320
August 15, 2017

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Parents must analyze your child’s present levels of academic achievement and functional performance.

Don't put the cart before the horse! If you begin by trying to find a program or placement with "good" goals, the goals won’t relate to your child's unique needs.

If the present levels are accurate, current, comprehensive, and based on objective test data, you will be able to see your child's needs clearly and know what the school should provide.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn to ask this question - In what setting can we appropriately put my child's IEP into action? If the school does not have an appropriate placement, it must create one.

We hope you will forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.

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Present Levels - Needs - Goals. What's So Important about this Relationship?

Until the Present Levels in your child's IEP are up to date, you will never be able to get the program, placement, or education your child needs.


Parent Involvement in Placement Decisions

Courts have held that schools may not predetermine placement. The placement decision must be made by the team.

Parents are members of any team that develops the IEP and decides on placement.

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Changing Placement: Helpful Legal References

Legal references are useful when you are dealing with an administrator who is not familiar with the legal requirements for placement, paraprofessionals, etc.

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Homework Assignment

Your homework assignment this week: Create a blueprint for your child's Present Levels.

Read the directions, complete your lists, submit the form.

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