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Newest Additions:

October 7, 2015.   Q & A.  Added Q and A re attorneys at IEP team meetings.

October 6, 2015.  Added a new page, Q & A.   Edited Questions from the NASP School Psychology Listserv with responses from one or more of the Editors will be archived here chronologically.   A list of Questions will be listed in the TOC at the top.

October 5, 2015.  Spedlinks/Reading.   Added link to Mindplay.com, an on-line reading intervention program.  Spedlinks/Math.   Added Dream box Math link for Ipad based math intervention program.

October 4, 2015.  Spedlinks/Reading.  Added link to the Wilson Reading System, which is based on the Orton Gillingham research.

October 1, 2015.   Added a new section under Spedlinks Assistants One-to One.  This sections includes articles, research, and guidance for determining when a one-to-one paraprofessional is appropriate.

September 28, 2015.  John’s Log.  Added Comments on Reports (9/17/2015) Number 254.

September 25, 2015.   Guy’s Log.  G.L v. Ligonier Valley, September 22, 2015.  Does the IDEIA limit compensatory education to injuries occurring two years before the filing of the complaint, even if earlier injuries are claimed within two years of their reasonable discovery?

September 15, 2015.  Spedlinks./Blind and Visually Impaired.  Added a link to Accredited Schools online.

September 15, 2015.  Spedlinks.  Added a new section (“in progress”) of links to Sample Parent Letters, professionally crafted to help parents assert their children’s rights.

September 13, 2015.  Guy’s Log.   Added two new cases.   Munroe v. Central Bucks, a freedom of speech case wherein a teacher lost her job because of on-line posts, exemplifying our somewhat pessimistic view of the Internet as being a very dangerous place; and D.M. v the New Jersey Department of Education, a case where the parents successfully skipped due process to invoke stay put when the Education Department challenged their child’s educational placement.

September 8, 2015.  Test Tools/WISC V.  Pearson published and we added  two new Technical Reports on the WISC V, Technical Report #1 on the Expanded Fluid Index and Verbal Score; and Technical Report # 2 on Testing Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.

September 3, 2015.  Spedlinks.  Transition:  School-to-Work.  Added a new link to “College Resources for Students with Disabilities.”

September 2, 2015.  Spedlaw.  The United States Department of Education once again has amended the Part B regulations.   The comments and discussion of revised regulations begin on page 50773 of the August 21, 2015 Federal Register.

SUMMARY: The Secretary amends the regulations governing title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) (the ‘‘Title I regulations’’), to no longer authorize a State to define modified academic achievement standards and develop alternate assessments based on those modified academic achievement standards for eligible students with disabilities. In order to make conforming changes to ensure coordinated administration of programs under title I of the ESEA and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Secretary is also amending the regulations for Part B of the IDEA. Note: Nothing in these regulations changes the ability of States to develop and administer alternate assessments based on alternate academic achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities or alternate assessments based on grade-level academic achievement standards for other eligible students with disabilities in accordance with the ESEA and the IDEA, or changes the authority of IEP teams to select among these alternate assessments for eligible students

August 28, 2015.  Spedlinks/Orthopedic Impairments.  Added the link Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs.    “This guide will identify legal and financial resources available to citizens, seniors, and veterans, offer tips to hire the right home remodeler, and suggest modifications throughout the home to make the space as accommodating as possible.”  Also applicable to children.

August 18, 2015.  Spedlinks/Medical Information.  Added a link to Drugwatch.com.   Although containing information about illegal drug use by college students,  that same information is, sadly, often applicable to middle and high school students.

August 14, 2015,  Guy’s Log.   Hill v. Madison County, 11th Circuit,  8/12/2015 Section 1983, Title IX  “Rape Bait” school case

August 14, 2015.   Guy’s Log.  Two relatively unimportant cases illustrating, in the first, the application of IDEA standards to a tuition reimbursement case and, in the second, the importance of exhausting administrative remedies and filing claims for relief in a timely manner.

August 6, 2015.  Guy’s Log.   T.B. v San Diego Unified Schl Dist.  Another 504 damages case, the parents alleging “deliberate indifference.”

August 6, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  Link and brief discussion of OSEP Letter to ASHA regarding Part C/Part B Providers, ABA, for children with ASD.

July  25, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  Litigation Update:  T.P. v Bryan School District, 11th Circuit, 7/2/2015; Meridian Schl. Dist. v D.A.,  9th Circuit, 7/6/2015; Leggett v. D.C., D.C. Court of Appeals, 7/10/2015

July 25, 2015,  Guy’s Log.   OSEP Letter to Baus re IEEs.  (February, 2015).  Discussion of regulations applicable to two of the cases discussed above.

July 24, 2015.  Spedlinks/Assessment.   Added link to Tim McIvor’s website/blog on using technology to enhance school psychologists’ productivity.

July 18, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  Litigation update:  two new cases.  McAllister v. District Columbia, July 2015 (Case about fees) and M. O. v NY Department of Education, 2015 (Tuition reimbursement case)

July 10, 2015.  Spedlinks.   Added under Learning Disabilities a link to the 2010 Response to the LDA White Paper on SLD Identification which is referenced just above it.

July 9, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  After more than a year of foot dragging, Maine addresses OSEP’s concerns about its SLD identification process with a revised form.

July 6, 2015,  Guy’s Log.  Doe by Doe v. East Lyme, Second Circuit, June, 2015.   Parent loses on tuition reimbursement claim but wins on stay put claim for related services even though she could not afford to provide them at the time dispute began.   Additional on-line summaries also provided.

July 5, 2015.  Test Tools/WJ IV.   Added John Willis’s shell for reporting WJ IV TCA scores; added link to Assessment Service Bulletins ( research) on the WJ IV.

July 2, 2015.  Test Tools/WJIV.   John Willis added extensive discussion of what grade equivalent (and why) to use when a student is tested in the summer with the WJ IV.

July 2, 2015.   Spedlinks:Transition.  Added California’s new Secondary Transition Website link.

June 29, 2015.  Spedlaw/State Regulations.  Several state links went “dark” this week.  We have updated the links to state regulations from Montana, Maine, and Alaska.  Also under Spedlinks updated a link to the NEA’s School Crisis Guide that had gone dark.

June 26, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  M. v. Cumberland Public Schools, District Court, Rhode Island (2015).  Parent sues because denied right to inspect proposed placement with pupils present; district wins.  Also links to two OSEP letters on IDEA and classroom observations (2004 and 2014).

June 25, 2015.  Under Test Tools, added a new page (still a work in progress) on the WIAT III, with two original contributions from John Willis, and several links to materials that might be helpful.

June 24, 2015.  Spedlinks.  Under Blindness and Visual Impairments, added a link to resources on  how colleges help blind and visually impaired students.

June 22, 2015.  Added a new page under Test Tools/WISC V with a link to handouts from a May Dumont/Willis workshop on the WISC V and the WJ IV/

June 15, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  Litigation Update.  J.S. v NY DOE.  Parents keep student in same placement while contemplating appeal for tuition reimbursement but, unlike Jalen Z.,  lose because stay put standards not applied.

June 15. Guy’s Log.   Litigation Update:  Sam K. v. Hawaii Department of Education  (Ninth Circuit, June 5, 2015)  Ninth Circuit affirms district court judge’s decision that lawsuit was timely because private placement was bilateral and not unilateral.  Rejects parent attorney’s request for more money based on $375 hourly rate.
June 5, 2015  Guy’s Log. Jalen Z. v Philadelphia District Schools, ED PA, 5/15/2015.   Court rules home services for preschool autistic child constituted “stay put” placement based on previous IEP.


May 22, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  H.G. v Upper Dublin School District, Federal District Court,  April 17, 2015.  An LRE v. FAPE case, also illustrating how a school psychologist’s comprehensive evaluation can help a district win its case.

May 17, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  Grant Pass v. Student (Oregon, Dist Court, 2015)  ESY for child with autism case; decision for the district.

May 16, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  Pollack v. Regional School Unit 75, U.S. District Court of Maine.   Judge rules that parents not entitled to have non verbal child carry tape recorder, that failure to record decision made at IEP mtg in PWN did not violate their rights, but that school needed to provide log of all records not released to parents because they considered them privileged client attorney communications.

May 4, 2015.  Spedlaw:  Added a new page discussing what schools should do if one parent consents but the other parent disagrees with respect to an initial evaluation.

April 26, 2015.  Spedlaw.   Added a new page at the bottom of the drop down menu, Title IX, with new materials issued by OCR on April 24, 2015, along with some other relevant links.

April 24, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  Added 4/15/2015 OSEP Dear Colleague Letter on the Use of Due Process Procedures after a Parent has Filed a State Complaint.

April 24, 2015.  Spedlinks/Deaf and Hearing Loss.  Added a links section on Unilateral Hearing Loss (UHL)

April 17, 2015  Guy’s Log.  Wenk v. O’Reilly, 6th Circuit, 2015.  School reports alleged sexual abuse, parent alleges retaliation, 6th Circuit decides case should go to trial.

April 16, 2015.   Guy’s Log.  Schiffbauer v. Schmidt.  Parent accuses teacher assistant of abuse, sues school system.  Court sides with school system.

April 15, 2015.  Test Info.  Added a paper by John and Ron  explaining why total scores are sometimes lower (or higher) than the average subscale score on an intelligence test.

April 12, 2015.   Guy’s Log.  Added H.M. v. Weakley, WD, Tennessee, Eastern Division, 3/13/2015.    Child denied tuition reimbursement because she was not emotionally disabled by ALJ, decision reversed by district court because of long history of depression, maladaptive behaviors, previous diagnoses, history of sexual abuse, etc.

April 7, 2015.   Added a new page under Test Info, the Misuse of Grade Equivalents; added a bibliography of Test reviews under Test Info (no links) by John Willis, Ron Dumont, et. al.

April 2, 2015.   John Willis added a discussion of  Publishers’ Classification Schemes for Test Scores under Test Info:  Simple Explanations.

April 2, 2015.  Guy’s Log.   Lee v. Natomas Unified School District, 2015.  Parent wins right to school system for retaliation.

March 30, 2015  Test Tools.  Moved the WISC V and WJ IV pages from Test Info to Test Tools and added a new page under the WISC V on WISC V Subtests and Scores.

March 29, 2015  Test Tools.  Added pages on the WISC V and WJ IV.

March 27, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  District of Columbia v. Alice Kirksey-Harrington.    Parent denied right to fully participate in IEP decision regarding setting.

March 21, 2015.  Added link to 504 Regulations on Spedlaw page;  revised links to Idaho regs on Spedlaw/State Regulations page.

March 14, 2015.  SpedLinks.  Added Assessment:  Third Party Observers.  Links to various position papers regarding the presence of a third party observer (parent, etc) in testing room..

March 11, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  National School Boards Association issues letter criticizing Joint Memorandum from DOJ/ED regarding additional school obligations to provide effective communication for its students under ADA/504.

March  7, 2015.  Musgrove (OSEP) Letter to Breton (Director, Special Services, Maine) regarding the application of a processing criterion to SLD identification.  (With commentary from GMM.)

March 5, 2015.  A.W. v Middletown, US District Court, Pennsvlania, Jan 28, 2015.   District fails to provide evaluation, IEP in a timely manner, loses compensatory education to parent.

March 6, 2015.  C.W. v. Capistrano, Ninth Circuit, March 2, 2015.  Guy’s Log.  School wins some of its attorney fees because some parent claims considered frivolous.

March 5, 2015.  March 4 Comments on Reports.  John’s Log.  


This website has been designed to provide school psychologists (and those with an interest in school psychology) with testing tools, links to special educational resources, and a reference library including key publications and letters from the Office for Civil Rights,  the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services,  the Office of Special Education Programs, and the Family Policy Compliance Office.

To understand the implications of special education law on school psychological practice, it is necessary to have a firm grasp of the basic principles that are promulgated through the federal regulations, interpreted by their respective federal agencies, and as enforced by the courts.  This website includes for easy reference the relevant federal regulations, some illustrative letters and guidelines we deemed especially worthy for republication, and some landmark court decisions. Addiitonally, current court decisions will be summarized with links in Guy’s Log, as often as is necessary (but usually at least twice monthly.)  

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