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The Special Ed Advocate:
What"s Your Bell Curve IQ? (January 12, 2022)

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In this issue of The Special Ed Advocate, we look at how you can use test scores to measure and monitor your child's educational progress.

If you don't know how to track your child's progress, you will be at a disadvantage at IEP meetings. You may know your child's IEP does not provide enough services or the right services but you need objective data to support your position.

We developed the Bell Curve Quiz to help you master this information -- and have a little fun while you do it!

Quote of the Day : "Knowing how to use the bell curve is more important than knowing the law." (Scroll down to see who said this.)

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

bell curve with standard deviations and percentiles

1. What's Your Bell Curve IQ?

To be a successful advocate, you need to learn about tests and measurements -- statistics.

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

Take the Bell Curve Quiz to assess your current knowledge.

After you take the test, follow these directions to get the answers. The number of correct answers is your baseline score.

Assuming you need to learn more about tests and measurements, the Wrightslaw Game Plan will help you plug your knowledge gaps so you master this information.

2. Your Wrightslaw Game Plan: Mastering Tests and Measurements

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

Assume your child has received special education services for three years. Is the special education program helping your child to learn and make progress? Is your child falling further behind? How do you know?

To successfully negotiate for special ed services, you need to know your child'€™s standard scores, percentile ranks, subtest scores, and age and grade equivalent scores, and what these scores mean.

bell curve

We designed the Wrightslaw Game Plan to help you plug the gaps in your learning.

First, you need to take the Bell Test Quiz, then get the answers. Your first score on the Bell Test Quiz is your baseline score. Next, you need to learn about tests and measurements.

The next step is to learn about tests and measurements. The Wrightslaw Game Plandescribes three ways to approach this task and ways you can fast-track your learning.

Get the Wrightslaw Game Plan now!

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The New Wrightslaw PDF Bundle (all four books in PDF) is now available as an immediate download from the Wrightslaw Store.

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