Annual review time can be stressful for parents and teachers.
Unfortunately, sometimes the child simply doesn’t qualify for what a parent is asking for. It’s very important to understand your child’s test scores and to know the special education process.
Understanding Your Child’s Standardized Test Scores
The district will only provide special education services to a child who is significantly behind his peers. A child who is “Below Average” is NOT significantly delayed.
Parents are often unhappy with “Below Average” or “Low Average”, but those terms are still within the Average range.
First, a child meets eligibility criteria to be classified as a child who needs specialized instruction in order to access their curriculum. Then, the Committee on Special Education or the Committee on Preschool Special Education will classify that child into one of 13 different categories. They will develop an IEP (Individualized Education Program).
The classification DOES NOT determine the level of services a child will receive. For example, a classification of Autism does not automatically mean the child will receive more services.