The school district will conduct a thorough evaluation using their specialists. However sometimes parents may disagree with the results of the evaluation. Perhaps the school-sponsored evaluation missed diagnosing a condition that you have previously observed. You do not have to accept the school district’s conclusions. Parents have the legal right to get an independent educational evaluation by a professional in the area in which they have concern if they disagree with the school-sponsored evaluation.
Once the school system provides a free comprehensive evaluation, a meeting date with the school’s special education team will be scheduled. The law says that this must happen within 45 days of the parent signing off on the evaluation. As the parent, you have the right to request a copy of the school’s report, which the school district must provide to you not later than 48 hours before the meeting. Make sure you take advantage of this rule and attain your copy so you have time to prepare. Be sure to put your request in writing so they can’t claim you never asked for a copy.
What can you do if you disagree with the school district’s evaluation? Come back here soon as we look at the secrets they may not tell you so you can fight for the education your student deserves.
Here is one of the secrets to helping your child if you suspect special needs issues that your school may not tell you. As a parent, you can request an evaluation from the school district’s special education team at any time free of charge. However the key is you must put your request in writing to the school district’s administrator of special education.
Once you put it in writing, the law requires the school district has to follow through at no charge to the parents. Usually their evaluation will include academic testing, psychological testing, observations, health assessment, parent input and student interviews. The law says that the testing period must happen within 30 days from the original parental request.
What happens next? What does the law say your rights are as a parent? Next time, more hidden secrets in the fight for special education services that the school systems hope you don’t know.
In order for special education students to remain in a mainstream classroom setting, their IEP’s must contain at least one of two items: accommodations and modifications. Accommodations are supports the classroom teachers provide to help students access the curriculum in the classroom. An example of this would be listening to an audio book instead of reading a book the rest of the class is reading. Modifications involve adjusting the child’s curriculum. An example would be making assignments easier when a student is behind at a lower level than the rest of the class.
Have you ever suspected there was a problem with your student’s education and don’t know how move forward to help? Check back here as we will let you know the secrets most schools won’t tell you about how you can fight for the proper education for your child deserves.
Did you know that in 1975 Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act that specifically addressed special education? By the 2018-2019 school year, 18.1% of Massachusetts students pre-kindergarten through grade 12 had IEP’s (individualized education programs).
Next time we will explain the 2 types of help special education students can receive in order to keep them mainstreamed in the classroom.
Be careful. Bees with honey in their mouths, have stings on their tails. Schools with promises of special education help on their mouths, fight to not provide these services which will sting.
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