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Testing on last day of school!?!
Old 06-13-2019, 05:42 PM
 
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So, the school psychologist pulled a student about 10:00 to test him for possible special ed services. Today was the last day of school and school released at 12:45.

Poor kid was testing up until the time school was released, except for just enough time to scarf down his lunch. (He was asked to eat and come back when done, not wait.) Therefore, while his school friends were doing fun end-of-school activities, saying fond farewells to their classmates and teachers, he was shut in a small room testing, then ushered straight to the bus.

I wonder just how valid those results are?


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I do academic testing for our special ed dept since I retired.

I received an email from the department to test a student before the end of the school year. Actually her parents INSISTED that she be tested in May when the sped department wanted her tested as soon as school started in August. I had a planned 12-day trip to Ireland, oh! But wait! Parents were taking student out the week before school got out for a vacation! That left the last week of school or 2 days before I left. The psych grabbed a day the last week as I took one of the days before I left.

Yeah, Iím sure those results will be accurate too.
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That's horrid! I feel so sad for the kid. Couldn't his/her parent arranged to come in during the summer?
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That just stinks.

Did someone drop the ball and forget to relay the need for the testing or did someone forget about it until the last minute?
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:40 PM
 
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That is so unfair. Poor kid!


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Old 06-13-2019, 07:14 PM
 
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Unfortunately, we had a similar situation this year. Not the last day, but testing the last week due to the fact that her RTI wouldn't be done until then. We will be meeting over the summer to review the results with parents, but in order to get testing completed it needed to be done before she left for summer, since several people needed to work with her.
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Poor kid!
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Poor Kid! In every school I have been at, I've always been asked, "What time works/what time should we avoid" for testing. Depending on the kid, I can advise. Some kids wouldn't be bothered by missing certain events. Others would.
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Old 06-14-2019, 03:43 PM
 
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It's really sucky, but it happens. We tested a kid during the last week so that we would be able to hold the eligibility meeting first thing when we get back in the fall. That way services will start sooner rather than later.
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Last week vs last day
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I think testing the last week is not ideal, but not problematic. Keeping a kid up to the last minute of the last day was the problem, IMO.
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How, if you had the 60 day timeline, did you have to test the last week of school? We have several initials that parents requested in May and parents were told the assessment meeting will be held within the first 30 days of the new school year. Testing the last few days will not only skew the results, it's wrong to make the student miss the end of year activities.

Sorry to disagree with you Private Eyes, but testing the last week of school is very problematic for the student. It may not be for the SpEd team, but you have to put the student first. I would have spoken to the psych to see what was her reasoning to test the last day of school. I can't think of any reason good enough to make a child miss the end of year activities, except the child leaving the district.



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Old 06-16-2019, 04:39 PM
 
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is terrible. It just makes my heart sad for that child.
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:32 PM
 
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We only have a 30 day testing timeline. Unfortunately, if the consent is signed, you have to test in that timeline. My guess is that the psychologist had other student to test as well. I know that there were students who required multiple days to complete testing which made the testing schedule quite tight. I even had initial meetings on the last day of school due to meeting th elegally mandated timeline.
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