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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Where to Turn When the School Wants to Have Your Child ‘Tested’

From The New York Times Blog "Motherlode"

By Jessica Lahey
May 8, 2014

Dear Mrs. Lahey,

Our son’s teacher recently asked that we have him tested. I am hazy on the details of this, and would like to know what “testing” for behavioral or cognitive issues entails. Could you explain the process? T.L.

Dear T.L.,

This is a huge topic to cover in a single response, but here goes. Note that I’ve embedded more links than usual to provide a wide array of resources, including the United States Department of Education’s Center for Parent Information and Resources that contains a wealth of resources and access to your state’s Parent Center, which can help with the details of education law that vary from state to state. I will also list some of my favorite books on a couple of relevant topics at the end of this post.

First, try not to be freaked out by the word “testing.” More often than not, the school wants to figure out how best to help your child learn, and wants to make sure it is not missing a diagnosis that can help guide instruction.

Now, let’s get down to brass tacks. Testing, whether for behavioralor cognitive differences, falls under the same federal legislation, so let’s start with the laws governing education...

Read the entire article HERE.

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