Redo whole evaluation every time something new is added to IEP?!

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Redo whole evaluation every time something new is added to IEP?!
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Mon, 11-26-2012 - 1:17pm

Ugh, I'm frustrated with our school system yet again. My youngest son has had an IEP with the school system since age 3. He's 9 now. He is what is considered "twice-exceptional" (he has hyperlexia and ADHD which is the "once exceptional" but is also gifted academically, thus "twice-exceptional". Anyway, we've had quite a few battles with the school system through the years b/c apparently they have never encountered a kid like him who has challenges and strenghts. I guess they're used to kids having an IEP either for gifted OR for special needs, but not both.

So, that's the short-version of our background. My son recently started taking piano at the beginning of the year and is pretty good at it! (Better than I ever was, LOL). His piano teacher encouraged us to have him try out for the "talented music" program through the school so we've begun that process. He passed their initial screening and is now waiting to find out when his state screening will be. Last week, out of nowhere, I get a "notice for re-evaluation" in the mail. He's not due for his 3-year eval so I was perplexed. Written in as the reason was " re-evaluation for speech, OT, and gifted/ initial music".  

I called and of course most everyone was out for the holidays but the receptionist told me that because we have a new "concern" (the talented music), that the process is "opened up" again. I'm now waiting for the case leader to call me back. This doesn't make sense to me! WHY do they need to redo the whole testing and evaulation process just because one thing MIGHT be added (IF he passes the state screening for music).

Has anyone experienced this before? Seems like a waste of resources to redo this whole process! I assume their logic is that if they can cut some of his services by showing through the new evaluation that he no longer needs them, that it will be worth it. Argh.

Lisa 

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Someone did call me back and told me they were "90% sure" that whenever a "new concern is presented, the computer opens the IEP back up (which is why I got that notification for re-evaluation) BUT that they don't re-do the whole testing." They will just add in the music (if he passes the state screening) and then just an update on his progress in the other areas.

I hope this is correct but I'm still wary.

Lisa 

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Hey Lisa,

You should have heard something by now.  What's the word?

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Egad, iVillage wouldn't let me sign in forever!  Where we are, gifted issues are not usually in an IEP, only disabilities.  Gifted placement is based wholly on standardized test scoring, and is a separate issue with its own office at the Dept. of Education.

Gwen

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mom_ladybug wrote:
<p style="text-align:left">I meant to ask why being gifted in music would result in an IEP adjustment?</p>

Yeah,that's what I don't get it either. That will be my main question for them...if they ever call me back.

That's a really good point about too much testing in a short time frame leading to invalid results. Hopefully I can talk them into at least just doing a partial evaluation if they insist on doing the whole process over again.

Lisa 

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I meant to ask why being gifted in music would result in an IEP adjustment?

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Hmmm - I wonder if the request for the eval is specific to the new concern and not a complete eval.  You have to be careful about doing any type of eval before time.  If you do the same evaluation too close together (in many instances within a year, but we are younger.  I've heard ADHD is a 3 year cycle), then you can't tell if you are getting actual results or results of seeing a test too frequently.  Basically, the results are invalid.  I would use that arguement to reduce the number of evals (rather than a complete, maybe a partial) if they continue to insist.

I've used this arguement with the tester before when the school required a full eval.  I sent the copies of our evals to the tester, who then just supplemented for the required information.  But when she wrote the summary, she was able to include all the results (she just stated based on testing at age...). 

I hope that helps.