Archive for October, 2012

Look Ahead

Sure, it’s only October, but if your student will switch schools next year, start the IEP process now. Otherwise, the District might not start its testing until the end of the school year, leaving your child with an incomplete education plan.

The District cannot start assessments until the student’s parent or guardian signs an assessment plan. But the District probably won’t create a testing plan until you ask for an IEP evaluation “in all areas of suspected disability.” This means the disabilities that you suspect, not just the District. It’s important to make your request in writing to the Special Education Director. You can mail a letter or send an email.

You can help by describing which disability you suspect, and why. For example, “Tupac is an avid reader but does not complete his Language Arts tests on time. He has trouble with remembering all the characters, unless he turns them into a rap. His teachers say that he is bright but lazy. However, I believe that he has a learning disability and perhaps needs extra time.”   The District cannot diagnose your child — only a medical professional can — but with your help, the District can figure out how to help your child learn.

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