Originally Posted by bendog
Well, one thing I do know, even though I've been out of the area professionally for going on 8 years: No child left behind has put pressure on schools to test ALL children, including those in special education and learning disability programs.
(Typically, kids with a learning disability do not fit as many of the objective criteria that are needed to be ruled/labled, choose your own term, for special ed. Spec ed typically brings some additionally federal/state funding to a school)
No child left behind puts pressure on schools to get test scores UP, so obviously it's not in their interest to bring the scores down with kids who don't do well on objective tests.
That's not meant as a political/value judgment. Some special ed parents WANT their kids tested, because they feel that not testing them let schools not educate them. Some minority group parents object to tests as being culturally biased. It's a minefield, and I don't want to discuss the politics. But, there's an obvious disadvantage to a school to serve a kid who isn't going to do well on objective tests. Assuming your daughter has any problem reading at grade level or processing written material, she isn't going to test well - REGARDLESS of what she knows or how smart she is. EDISON flunked out cause he has a learning disability.
But, the fact that your daughter scored low, isn't necessarily because she is "stupid." Your P&A system should know where testing is done and how it can be paid for. You definitely should utilize all resources you are entitled to cause you're a taxpayer before using your own insurance or money.
Thanks Bro , we just sat up a meeting for tuesday with a psychiatrist , She is no where near grade level , what pisses me off , is they knew of a problem , back in Grade school , and they was able to get her not par with the rest of the class , but close , but since she went to jr. High , it has all gone to hell in a handbasket ... Maybe the change of the social structure was too much on her , Like me and a rep from the school board talked about , maybe home schooling is the best option for her right now , maybe she will be more receptive to learning where she feels the most comfortable ....