From my Factoidz page: The PACER Center is a Minnesota training and information center funded by the U. S. Department of Education Office of Special Education (n.d., http://www.pacer.org/) writes an article for LD online explaining to lay people the evaluation process for special education. The article gives brief descriptions of measurement tools and the function of individual assessments. In addition, questions such as, “What questions should I consider when evaluation or reevaluation is proposed?” and” What if I disagree with the school’s evaluation? (p.5)” are discussed. To illustrate the points for reference made in the article, Evaluation: What does it mean for Your Child? (PACER Center, 2007) a fictitious family scenario will be developed in this paper.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank have a nine year old daughter, Mary, who is attending her neighborhood elementary school. She is going into the fourth grade in the fall. The Frank’s suspect Mary has a learning disability in reading. Mary has fallen behind her classmates in spelling and her reading level is at a 2.6 grade equivalency according to her teacher report. Mary has steadily dropped in her ability to read since the first grade. Furthermore, for the first time since Mary began school she has developed defiant behaviors.
For more see: Education: What Does It Mean For Your Child