quick question on evaluations

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Registered: 03-27-2003
quick question on evaluations
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Wed, 06-11-2003 - 12:45pm
hi

it is being suggested by the school that my son have an evaluation. I have refused since I have have problems with the schools confidentiality.

I have made an appointment at Mass General hospital and will pay for this out of my own pocket...the testing at a minimum will be 1200.0 the school just told me that it doens't matter, that the school will not accept outside evaluations, that only the schools will be accepted. So now they have tied my hands.

should i just refuse to test him all together.

sara

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Registered: 08-26-2000
Wed, 06-11-2003 - 5:46pm
The idea behind having your child evaluated would be to gain information to help HIM.

If you have problems with their confidentiality, then I'm not sure you would want to release your evaluation to them, so it wouldn't matter if they accept it or not.

I know there are some legal guidelines in all of this. But I THINK it involves you having the right to have a private evaluation done (possibly at their expense) if you disagree with theirs.

What are they suggesting that you might find with an evaluation and what services might they offer if such a thing is found? Would this benefit your child? Bottom line is what best serves the interest of your child.

Karen

 


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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 06-12-2003 - 6:55am
As a parent, it is your 'right' to have testing done where ever you choose, and as long as you go to a licensed physician, the school has no right to reject the results. This is your child, and your decision. I wouldn't give up on the evaluation ... go have it done if you feel that it will give YOU information you need for your child. Do it for him and not for the school. Once you have the results, then do with it as you see fit. If there is information that will be of interest to the school in order to help him academically, then share that with them. Request an IEP meeting if necessary which should include a teacher, the principal or A/P, a representative from the county/school board, and the school counselor/psychologist ... as well as the parent(s). By having other representation at that meeting, it isn't just the school that is going to decide what they will and will not accept. I would also see if you can get their comments regarding their refusal to accept outside testing in WRITING so that you have proof that was said in the event it becomes an issue.

I have never allowed any testing on my kids to be done via the school. Even when they were doing the IQ testing for gifted placement, I had it done privately. I have issues myself over the way things are done through the school, and felt that I would have more of an un-biased opinion by having them privately tested. I've spent a lot of money out of my own pocket to go that route, but the school has never rejected the results!

Nancy

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Thu, 06-12-2003 - 12:16pm
Nancy

thanks for your input. I really REALLY don't like the way the schools do things.

These results I'm told go to every public school in the town. Why I asked, because thats the way we do things I was told.

He is my son, and yes I'll do whats right for him, I'm not keeping things from him. I want him to have the best. I just feel that the school is pushing for something that has nothing to do with the best interests of my son.

They have violated my son's right to privacy so many times in the past year, that I will not allow testing by them.

Everyone keeps saying "whats the harm in letting them test?" but why would you let them have that much control over your child. I'm the parent, i'll decide whats best for my son. Not some public school with teachers that want all their little kids to fit into some pre-conceieved mold that someone came up with and deem'd normal.

I don't see why I need to have the school "test" him so they have it written by an "expert" that my son will need to stand up atleast once an hour. I know my son better than anyone.

sorry I'm ranting again.

sara