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.