Special Education Blog

May 28, 2020

Parents frequently ask me about the Disability Classification on their children's IEPs.  This is usually found at the top of the first page.  They ask whether it matters what their child is classified under.  Before addressing this issue, we need to understand how clas...

February 27, 2020

Have you heard this before?  Remember, the IEP starts with THE evaluation.  You can't develop goals for the student until you identify her strengths and weaknesses.  And you can't do that without a comprehensive evaluation.

Parents frequently complain to...

January 21, 2020

What to do if your child's initial evaluation for special education is taking too long.

January 7, 2019

Parents often ask me about getting their school districts to pay for private evaluations.  Sometimes their districts ignore their requests for evaluations, don’t evaluate their children in all the areas they should, or just conduct inadequate evaluations.  I’ve written...

December 1, 2016

In an October 22, 2016 Policy letter (October 22, 2016 to Jennifer Carroll), the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (“OSERS”) addressed Independent Educational Evaluations (“IEE”) and whether, in certain circumstances...

August 23, 2016

An April 2016 Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) letter discussed whether a school district could identify a child as having dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dysgraphia under the category of Specific Learning Disability (SLD).  The question posed...

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