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Educational Evaluations

Educational Evaluations are conducted to assess a client's learning skills. The concept of learning disabilities is not a new area of concern for educators. At the turn of century wise educators sought to study the problems observed within children who struggled in class. Now thanks to David researchers and educators, advancements in medical services, valuable insight developed concerning identification of various learning disabilities.

The process of evaluating minor children is different than adults, a parent permission is involved and findings are discussed with parents along the way as a parent's input is most helpful . Various Developmental Disorders are identified at early ages and special education services are coordinated.
Regardless if the child has a physical, behavioral or intellectual deficits, schools and parents work together to address various accommodations to make school life more successful for the child.

Then by college age, another obstacle arises if the student wants to take the SAT, GRE, MCAT , LSAT any other standardized college entry exam requirement. Typically students with disabilities would be penalized as he or she may not work as fast or expedient as co students, but at the same time given accommodations success can be realized for college entry. In order to validate that a disability exists the standardized test publishers often require a battery of specific tests provided by a psychologist licensed to provide such services in the respective state of the student,

Accommodations often consist of longer time to take tests or exams, preferential seating, enlarged print if needed, note takers, electronic aids, and at all times, coordination with the on campus Office of Disabilities available on college campus.

The following legal statutes set the requirement for management of a child or student , whether it be a child, young adult or adult about to take a standardized test of college entry. Similar laws guide the process of employment testing as well.

IDEA—the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IDEA, the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, is our nation’s special education law. The IDEA guides how states, school districts, and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

NCLB—No Child Left Behind Act
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, Public Law (PL) 107-110, is the nation’s latest general education law. It amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and has brought sweeping changes to our educational systems. What does the law require, what does it change about education, how are states responding, and what does the law mean for children with disabilities?

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Before there was IDEA, there was the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Section 504 of this Act continues to play an important role in education, especially for students with disabilities.

Eligibility Under Section 504

Children with disabilities may be eligible for special education and related services under Section 504. That’s because Section 504′s definition of disability is broader than the IDEA’s definition. To be protected under Section 504, a student must be determined to:

  • have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or
  • have a record of such an impairment; or
  • be regarded as having such an impairment.

 

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