Evaluations: Why Tests & Assessments Matter!

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ISSN: 1538-320
October 9, 2018

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concerned school boy at computerBefore educators can design an effective remedial program for your child, they must understand the exact nature of your child's weaknesses.

Knowing "why" is important!


  • are used to identify learning problems
  • are essential to measure progress and learning
  • include a plan to address your child's problems

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn what the law requires for evaluations and the benefits of a comprehensive evaluation. Find out how assessments answer questions about your child.

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Assessments Will Answer These Questions....

  • What is the problem?
  • Why is the difficulty occurring?

Knowing why sets the stage for specific recommendations, interventions, and educational programming for your child.

Learn what to expect from an evaluation.

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Using Tests to Uncover Learning Problems

This is your child. The stakes are high.  You want to—no, you have to—make informed decisions.

Get an overview of developmental assessments, learn the most common types of assessments, find out how to choose an evaluator.

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How Do I Request a Multifactored Evaluation?

I understand an evaluation provides valuable information about my child’s unique needs and the educational services she requires. How do I request this evaluation?

Get 10 Tips from Parent Advocate Sharon Lutz.

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IDEA 2004: The Law about Evaluations

Wrightslaw Special Education Law, 2nd Edition

The law about evaluations is in 20 U.S.C. 1414, p. 92.

In the federal regulations, 34 CFR 300.300 and 300.322, p. 238 and 247.

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