I went to an IEP meeting for my son yesterday. We have recently moved to a different state. I am worried about the direction this seems to be going. He has not had the psychological-education testing in 4 years. I asked if he could be retested to see what his progress has been. They said I should not have him retested because he might test out of LD. He has a true learning disability. I don't see how that would happen. They said it is harder for the child to qualify the older they are. His benchmarks don't have any way of being measured. Ex: He will complete assignments. He will ask for assistance when he doesn't understand assignments. How do these type of objectives address his learning needs? Am I expecting too much? I don't want to start off on a bad foot with his teachers. Please give me some thoughts. Thanks so much.
According to IDEA children should be re-evaluated every 3 years. Its way past time for such a re-evaluation. It also sounds like his current IEP is very broad and not addressing his specific needs.
http://www.wrightslaw.com has some wonderful articles on IEPs and dealing with the school system. Their book From Emotions To Advocacy can be really helpful in learning how to approach the school, how to document everything and understanding the different testing.
It may also be time to consider getting an educational advocate. A person in this role can attend meetings with you and help you deal with the system. There are free services in every state.
mom to: ms 16, bp/adhd/anxiety/complex ld
mr. 20, add/dyslexic
I hear and I forget
I see and I remember
I do and I understand.