5 Tips for Reviewing School District Evaluations

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There are few aspects of special education that are more confusing than understanding school district testing.  Reading and listening to the results of assessments can give you the sudden impression that you have been air-dropped into a college statistics course for which you’ve done none of the reading!  Even I feel that way sometimes, and I have read thousands of evaluation reports over the years, not to mention having benefited from listening to some of the premier experts in various disabilities testify and present at conferences.  But these reports are as important to your child’s education as they are complex.  Hopefully, these tips will help you get started.

Tip 1:  Pay Attention to Subtests

Tip 2:  Don’t Compare Apples to Oranges

Tip 3:  Be Suspicious of Strict Rules on Eligibility

Tip 4:  Learn About Rating Scales

Tip 5:  Use the Right Assessment Tool