Special Ed Advocate Newsletter
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At Wrightslaw, our goals are to help you gain the information and skills you need to navigate the confusing world of special education. In this issue, we focus on evaluations and testing.
Highlights: States send millions in education funds back to feds; what to expect from an evaluation of your child; what you should know about evaluations; exam copies of Wrightslaw books; working with evaluators and educational consultants; tests to evaluate reading problems; help from Yellow Pages for Kids; put a Wrightslaw training program on your "to-do" list.
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1. States Send Millions in Education Funds Back to Feds!
Sue Heath, author of the popular Doing Your Homework column about creative advocacy strategies, was shocked to learn that states returned millions in education funds to the federal government in 2002.
with this data, Sue tackles the oft-repeated argument that
states cannot afford to implement No Child Left Behind.
2. What to Expect from an Evaluation of Your Child
A good evaluation for a disability is not as simple as "having your child tested". You must choose an appropriate professional, provide a clear statement of your (or a teacher's) concerns, and produce records for review.
In What to Expect from an Evaluation of Your Child, Marianne Meyer walks you through the process of gathering information and participating in the evaluation process:
Qualities of the Professional Evaluator
3. What You Should Know about Evaluations
Parent attorney Bob Crabtree writes, "As a parent, you must make sure that all areas of possible need are assessed as quickly as possible. While some parents would rather not allow their school system to evaluate their child, a refusal to cooperate at this stage of the process can backfire . . . "
In What You Should Know About Evaluations, you learn about:
4. Exam copies of Wrightslaw Books
Special Education Law (ISBN
5. Working with Independent Evaluators and Educational Consultants
If you need help in developing goals and objectives for your child, consult with a psychologist, educational diagnostician, or consultant. A consultant will give you valuable information and help.
Working with Independent Evaluators and Educational Consultants is a short article about:
Types of Consultants / Evaluators
6. Tests Commonly Administered to Evaluate Reading Problems
Most children with disabilities have deficits in reading. The child's special education program should target these reading problems to ensure that the child learns to read.
is a short list
of tests commonly administered to evaluate reading problems.
7. Visit Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities
We built the Yellow Pages for Kids site so so you can find information and help in one place. When you visit your state Yellow Pages, you will find many different resources - evaluators, therapists, tutors, special ed schools, and parent support groups. You will also find information about government programs, grassroots organizations, and support groups.
To get the word out about the
Pages for Kids, we designed flyers
for each state. These State
Yellow Pages flyers are printer-friendly - great handouts
for meetings and conferences.
8. Put Wrightslaw Training on Your To-Do List for the New Year
Wrightslaw special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas: special education laws, rights & responsibilities; how to use the bell curve to measure progress & regression; SMART IEPs; and tactics & strategies for effective advocacy.
Our 2004 schedule includes programs in:
are scheduling programs for 2005. If you are interested in
bringing Pete and Pam Wright to your community, please read our FAQs
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