Category: Advocating for Your Child

“Response to Intervention”—An Excuse to Deny Services to Students with Learning Disabilities?

By Nancy E. Bailey. Response to Intervention (RTI), the program to identify children with learning disabilities early, was recently described by the Chalkbeat in Tennessee as having problems with implementation. In many places, like Tennessee, RTI has replaced —a model which has

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Sample Letter Requesting Students Records

Parent Name Address City, State, Zip Ph. # Date XX, 2012 (Must be faxed or delivered to the Superintendent) Superintendent ____________Independent School District Street Address City, State Zip Code Reference: (Students Name) DOB: (Date) School: Dear Dr. (Superintendent):   Please

Retention, Delays and Social Promotion

We receive dozens of emails every week about retention, social promotion and high-stakes testing. Despite clear evidence that retention does not work – and that it damages children – many school districts continue to use this outmoded policy. If you

Defining the Field of Behavior Analysis

The field of Behavior Analysis grew out of the scientific study of principles of learning and behavior. It has two main branches: experimental and applied behavior analysis. The experimental analysis of behavior (EAB) is the basic science of this field

Letter Requesting Evaluation Report

Date: To: Principal and Diagnostician School Address City , State, Zip Code Ref: Child?s Name I appreciate your involvement in my child?s evaluation and look forward to your report. Would you please: 1. Send me a copy of a draft

How to Deal With Intimidating or Nasty Comments

For many persons, dealing with teachers and school administrators in the IEP meting can be intimidating. You don’t want to (be may) hear: I’m sorry, Mrs Jones, but you’re wrong. I’m sorry, Ms. Johnson, the law doesn’t say that. Your

Administering the Red Flag Reading Screening…

Print out 2 copies of the appropriate reading passage, one for the student and one for the parent. Find a quiet spot for reading. The student should be encouraged to follow the text with their finger, pencil eraser, or bookmark

What the Red Flag Reading Screening IS…

Many parents have concerns about their child’s reading performance, but are getting mixed messages from schools and inflated report cards. They think there’s a problem, but don’t have any set of guidelines by which they can judge for themselves exactly

Request an Independent Educational Evaluation

Your Name Street Address City, State, Zip Code Daytime telephone number Date Name of Person to Whom You Are Writing Title Street Address City, State, Zip Code Dear (name), My son/daughter, (child’s name) is in the ( _ ) grade,

Texas Public Information Request

Texas Public Information Request Parents Name Address City, State, Zip Phone Number ____(date), 2012 Dr. ___ ____- Superintendent ____ Independent School District Street City, TX. Re: ___(date)__, 2012 – Texas Public Information Request ? Student (child?s full name) Dear (Superintendent):