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. Our Spedlaw tab also provides a listing by state of state regulations, RTI guidelines, contact information, and (where available) state recommended model forms.
November 17, 2015. Guy’s Log. OSEP issues letter expressings its view that all children with disabilities should be held to high expectations at grade level, except, of course, for those for whom those standards are inappropriate.
November 13, 2015. Spedlaw. Consolidated our information on Section 504 on a new page, Section 504, ADA, and OCR.
November 13, 2015. Guy’s Log. Carroll v. Lawton, Tenth Circuit, 11/10/15. Parent’s lawsuit for damages resulting from alleged teacher abuse tossed because educational issues could have been addressed through administrative remedies.
November 9, 2015. Q & A. How and by whom can IEPs be changed?
November 9, 2015. Q & A. Who has the authority to determine if a violation of a Student Code of Conduct was a manifestation of the child’s disability?
November 7, 2015. Sped Resources and Disabilities/Specific Learning Disabilities. Added a link to 10 23 2015 OSERS Letter on the IDEA and Dyslexia under both tabs.
November 6, 2015. Spedlaw. Phylenne W. v. Huntsville Board of Ed. October 23, 2015. 11th Circuit. School fails to evaluate student after learning of a hearing problem and loses a tuition reimbursement lawsuit.
November 2, 2015. Sped Resources. Added new section on Multi-Tiered Support Services.
October 28, 2015. Q & A. Added Q & A regarding FERPA, Google Drive, and FPCO enforcement powers.
October 26, 2015. Sped Resources. Added NASP FACT SHEETS: DISABILITIES hyperlinks.
October 24, 2015. Q & A. Added a Q & A regarding the use of grade norms vs. age norms from an individually administered test of achievement.
October 23, 2015. Spedlinks. After deleting all of the broken links resulting from NASP’s reorganization of its website, added under Spedlinks a link to each of its Position Papers and FACT Sheets.
October 23, 2015. Guy’s Log. O.S. v Fairfax County Board of Education, Fourth Circuit, October 15, 2015. Parents lose fight to convince Fourth Circuit that IDEA 1997 and 2004 rendered Supreme Court’s decision in 1982 Rowley case re definition of FAPE outdated and obsolete.
October 13, 2015. Q & A. Added Q & As regarding grandparents and foster parents acting as parents; and whether a parent signature on an IEP denotes agreement.
October 11, 2015. Q & A. Are Settlement Agreements requiring parents to give up their due process rights enforceable by the SEA or a court of law? Also , Is a written parent request for an initial evaluation considered informed consent mandating a review of existing data?
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. Sped Resources/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. Sped Resources/Reading. Added link to the Wilson Reading System, which is based on the Orton Gillingham research.
October 1, 2015. Added a new section under Sped Resources — 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. Sped Resources/Blind and Visually Impaired. Added a link to Accredited Schools online.
September 15, 2015. Sped Resources. Added a new section 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. Sped Resources/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.
August 28, 2015. Sped Resources/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. Sped Resources/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. Sped Resources/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. Sped Resources/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.
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.
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