Can IEP Assessments and Evaluations be Done Virtually? | What is a REED?

Can IEP Assessments and Evaluations be Done Virtually? | What is a REED?

Online IEP Assessments This issue has been coming up in the Facebook Group often. I guess this pandemic is going on longer than any of us had hoped, and this is an issue that many families are dealing with. Your child is due for IEP assessments and either you or the school want to do…

Can a School Deny an IEP Evaluation? | Next Steps for Parents

Can a School Deny an IEP Evaluation? | Next Steps for Parents

Refused IEP Evaluations Let me be blunt–If your child’s IEP evaluations suck, the rest of your IEP will be garbage. Without good evals, the IEP present levels, the eligibility, the goals, the baselines, supports and services–all of it will be worthless. That’s why it’s so essential that you pay close attention to this part of…

Yes, your child can be tested for Dyscalculia | List of Dyscalculia Tests

Yes, your child can be tested for Dyscalculia | List of Dyscalculia Tests

Is there a Dyscalculia Test? This is a scenario that has been coming up more frequently lately. As parents become more informed, we are better able to advocate for our kids. If you go back even 10-20 years, not many parents had even heard of learning disabilities like dyscalculia. Thanks largely in part to the…

How to Request IEP Evaluations | 25 IEP Request Letter Samples

How to Request IEP Evaluations | 25 IEP Request Letter Samples

Sample Letter to Request IEP Evaluations You will definitely want to bookmark or pin this post. I have often said that one of the biggest IEP mistakes that parents make is not doing everything in writing. The worst case scenario is that you end up in a Due Process Hearing. And then, what will matter…

IEP Re-Evaluations | What Parents Need to Know | Timelines

IEP Re-Evaluations | What Parents Need to Know | Timelines

IEP Re-evaluations Ok, so here we go. I used to have IEP re-evaluation information in my post about IEP evaluations. But, I’ve since decided that IEP re-evals are worthy of their own post. Initial evals are sort of their own beast, since that is what gets the IEP process started. But, with re-evaluations, parents have…

IEP Testing and Evaluations | What IEP Tests should I ask for?

IEP Testing and Evaluations | What IEP Tests should I ask for?

IEP Evaluations Different variations of questions come up about IEP evaluations all the time. Parents are unclear about timelines, what tests to ask for and sometimes get confused with the IEP re-evaluation process. As a result, after 8 years of this blog, at one point I had a dozen posts about IEP evaluations, IEP re-evaluations,…

How to Understand your Child’s IEP Evaluations | Preparing for an IEP Eligibility Meeting

How to Understand your Child’s IEP Evaluations | Preparing for an IEP Eligibility Meeting

Interpreting IEP Evaluations For me, both as a Special Education Advocate and a Parent, I find the hardest part of the IEP process to be the IEP eligibility evaluations. For each re-evaluation, my son (or my clients) may receive upward of 10-12 assessments. That’s a dozen protocols I have to look up, read and understand….

IEE Independent Education Evaluations | When, Why and How to Request One.

IEE Independent Education Evaluations | When, Why and How to Request One.

IEE Independent Education Evaluations IEE stands for Independent Education Evaluation. It is a provision of IDEA, listed in the Parents’ Rights Booklet, or Procedural Safeguards. This will explain what an IEE is, how to obtain one, who pays for the IEE and what happens with the Evaluation Report from an Independent Evaluator. Last week I…

When should I receive a Draft Copy of the IEP or Evaluations?

When should I receive a Draft Copy of the IEP or Evaluations?

Draft IEP Timelines “Well, Mrs. Lightner, we are not going to be making any changes to this IEP today.” Oh lordy. Do I remember that day! Kevin was still a toddler and it was one of my first IEP meetings. That woman really tapped a sleeping bear. I had read about IEPs, as much as…