How do you handle Standardized Tests?

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Registered: 12-01-2006
How do you handle Standardized Tests?
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Tue, 04-13-2010 - 5:03pm

Hello, Im usually a lurker, but have been around awhile. But I really needed some insight on this. So TIA.


I have two children, and we are in the process of waiting to see the nerologist. We see him in the next couple of months. My DS (8) and DD (11) have been struggling in school. My DS has not yet started taking standardiezed tests, but my DD has. She is in the 5th grade, and right now, she must pass the Math and Reading portions in order to advance to 6th grade. And I am worried about her. Four years ago, we were having this same problem in 3rd grade. So I worried she was dyslexic, had her tested.. they said, no.. But have you thought about ADHD. So I took her to a psychologist.. and they diagnosed her with ADHD, and has been on Concerta for 4 years now. But because she was not able to pass the test, we had to hold her back a year. Not to mention.. she had "F"s in Math the whole year. So, many tests, tutoring, summer school, after school tutoring, saturday tutoring.. We are still in the same boat. She has "F"s in Math and is in danger again of not passing to the next grade because of the tests. As for my son.. we have been working many years on him, and due to lots of issues, we are now working on his DX also. So while setting up the appointment for him to nerologist.. I decided to set one up for DD as well. Back then.. I didnt realize, she could possibly have ASD, along with ADHD. When my DS was 3 we saw this same nerologist, and they said.. come back in 6 months.. and at that time, if nothing had changed for him.. they would dx him with ASD. But thats the same time DD started with her trouble at school, so unfortunately DS sorta took a back seat. We have since come to terms with him having ASD without the formal dx. But now that DS is begining to have difficulties in school, we are now going in for the formal dx.... SO


How do you and your child deal with these tests? Does the school have different rules for ASD children? How does the teacher help?

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Registered: 11-28-2006
Tue, 04-13-2010 - 5:26pm

Hi,
wow, okay first of all let me tell you of my experience when I first had one of my sons tested by the school. Before I ever considered my son having ASD, I thought he had some type of writing disorder (which is an LD) and something that would qualify him for SPed ed

The school tested and nope, they said he was fine. I took him privately and low and behold there were a spew of things besides the written expression that would of qualified him.

School tested again and said nope.

Well I finally asked for something called an IEE (it's were you can ask the school to pay for a private eval, which they must do or take you to due process to prove that there testing was accurate, correct, and covered ALL AREAS OF NEED). They agreed and sure enough the third private eval said the same thing. So then they had no choice, he got his IEP.

So here's the thing. Sometimes schools are great at testing and sometimes you get some who are duds and only use the minimum of testing on your child. That is what happened to me. I am so glad that I trusted my mommabear gut instinct and pushed because by then my kid was this big ball of anxiety regarding school.

What I would do, is write a letter and ask for another COMPLETE Pysco-Educational eval for her. INclude IQ, Achievement, social emotional, Occupational Therapist and a Speech Therapist. They have to cover all areas of need of the suspected disability.

Then after you get the test results go to this site and post them. www.millermom.proboards.com. It's a wonderful advocate site and there's experts who can read these scores and explain them to you.

Also there's wrightslaw.com which also has a section where they can explain test scores. AT this point I would not give up because it's redicules for them to consider flunking your dd twice. That will only harm her in the long run. Besides studies show that holding a kid back in a grade will not work unless the problem is fixed. And if they haven't identified the problem, then it won't get fixed.

Anyway welcome. I hope I helped you out on at least one question. It really sounds like she needs to be tested again and they hope you don't know enough about the law in order to help her.

Those two sites up above are wonderful. Check them out.

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Registered: 12-01-2006
Wed, 04-14-2010 - 10:14am

Thanks for all your advice. I will check out the websites you had suggested.


I will be working on any extra testing. I have her nerologist appointment in August. But I am trying to get an earlier one. My DD is such a mystery sometimes. And I really hope that we can get to the bottom of what her difficulties are at school, so she will be ready for Middle school, next year.


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