IEP/504 in the West Contra Costa School District
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Our third grade son was evaluated by his public school (at our request) because he is a struggling reader and seems to need more time than his peers to complete tasks and formulate responses. The assessments found that he is extremely bright, and found only one area of concern (involving visual memory), which is impeeding his learning to read. There was a drastic difference in this score and his other scores.
The upshot is that the school says that he does not qualify for services (reading pull-out help, for example), because he ''tested too high'' and is still at grade level (albeit barely).
Is this the case? He feels very bad about himself as a learner, is struggling to read, and is not making much progress. There is an on-site reading specialist, but he does not qualify to see her. I am not sure what his rights are, or how to even find out! Any insights welcome! WCCSD Mom
I understand your frustration -- my very bright son was in a similar situation with very high test scores despite a disability that was seriously affecting his ability to write. From talking to teachers, this happens A LOT in this district. I'm sure it's a financial issue -- there are so many kids that need help that the district can't afford to help them. We were able to get him services through a combination of things -- he had a teacher who really went to bat for him, and we had him independently evaluated and were able to bring in an outside neuropsychological evaluation that held some weight. Another parent I know went over the head of the principal and school psychologist and involved someone at the district level in her IEP meetings. Don't give up -- if you think your son needs help, he probably does, regardless of how well he is doing in other areas. It really is a case of the squeaky wheel, and it's unfortunate that many kids don't have someone to be a strong advocate for them. Good Luck! WCCUSD IEP Mom