I've Decided No Re-Eval

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I've Decided No Re-Eval
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Wed, 03-09-2011 - 8:57pm

Nathaniel's SPED teacher called me yesterday and told me its been 3 years since he was evaluated for SPED services and started them, I know I can't believe this much time has gone by.

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Thu, 03-10-2011 - 1:50pm
That sounds like the way to go, Rebekah. If you can get out of it, do it and keep things they way they are.

How do they do it it middle school?

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Thu, 03-10-2011 - 9:58pm
Our middle school is all inclusion. So he will have to deal with some major changes when he goes into 6th grade. I want to keep things as consistent for him in 5th grade as I can, things will change soon enough.

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Registered: 09-23-2008
Fri, 03-11-2011 - 10:23pm

Ugh!

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Sun, 03-13-2011 - 12:10pm
I appreciate your input, I really do but this is how I am doing it. I checked 'no further information needed' and that's what I intend to do. Middle schools here are all inclusion, there is nothing I can do about it. And honestly I don't even know if I'll still be in this system by the time he gets to middle school. We are looking to move if we can swing it. The school system we are in is in MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR debt. 20million to be exact. They are doing layoffs left and right, not even letting people work out their 10mo. contracts. The superintendent will be gone by the end of this school year, Thank God. She has been in for the past 10 years (was hired right after I graduated) and the system is not as good as it was when I was in it.

My sister also told me that kids were re-eval every 3 years and was shocked that I could get around it. I am glad I can honestly. I don't want to rock the boat with him, it took me this long to get him normalized and successful. There is no reason to uproot this sensitive child right now in his last year of Elem. school and I have no intentions of doing it.

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Wed, 03-16-2011 - 6:41pm
I am very new to this whole IEP thing. So we have to fight every 3 years to allow DS to be able succeed in school? It is more than obvisous that DS is different than the other kids, so now he has to show just how different he is every 3 years? Great! Should be good for his selfesteem! Note the sarcasim.

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Wed, 03-16-2011 - 10:39pm
Yes every 3 years. I am so glad Nathaniel's teacher gave me this option. I agree about the self esteem. It would have been very difficult for my son to go through all of this again. He just finally has gotten settled, is successful and being positive. It took 3 years to get him here, I was not thrilled w/ having to go through it all again.

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Thu, 03-17-2011 - 6:01pm

Wow I'm really surprised (also) that you could opt out of re-evaluating.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Thu, 03-17-2011 - 8:41pm
I went in again today for another meeting and they way it is worded is basically that we do not need anymore information, all information collected previously is still inline with what he needs now. Honestly that is all the least of my worries. I am worried b/c of the budget cuts in our system. Our school is losing all aides and there will be only the one spec. ed teacher. Currently Nathaniel has inclusion for Math, 30 mins Resource for Grammar and 60 mins for Reading. His spelling is also altered but he is using the Gen Ed. class word list.

Next year I am keeping the inclusion for math, letting him do grammar w/ the gen ed. class (he is doing really well in grammar) keeping spelling the way it is and I want him to continue with 60mins for reading. The reading block is 2 hours so its 50/50 on reading.

The teacher has voiced she is afraid that I am going up for a fight b/c they will want me to drop him to 30 mins of reading and I am not going to do it. He is reading on a 3.8 to 4.1 reading level and he is about to go into 5th grade. last year when he was about to go into the 4th grade he was reading on a 2.6-3.2 level. So he is pretty consistent. He should not IMO spend more time in a 5th grade reading class if he is not reading closer to a 5th grade level.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Fri, 03-18-2011 - 3:55pm

Oh I don't blame you for doing this, I know you are on top of his educational needs and you all feel this is better for him.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 10-08-2004
Fri, 03-18-2011 - 7:15pm
Thanks. When we moved here, when I graduated from this system 10 years ago it was a great system! this superintendent moved in right after I graduated and she has driven this system down the drain. I am so glad she is leaving.

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