As a parent, you must play an active role in your child’s education. With increasing numbers of children undergoing evaluation for special education, it is more important than ever that parents become informed about the evaluation process, services available, and their rights. Gone are the days for parents to simply turn their child’s education over to the school. Some schools are excellent sources of information about special education, while others are sorely lacking. It is up to parents to stay informed and advocate for their child’s needs.
Being active in your child’s education includes keeping thorough records. Make a file for each year of your child’s education. Place report cards, annual academic achievement test scores, notes from teachers, IEPs, Section 504 accommodation plans, and any additional records regarding your child’s education in this file. Document all phone calls you have with any school personnel. Organized and complete records will be invaluable in your annual IEP and Section
504 accommodation meeting.
You are also responsible for keeping in frequent communication with your child’s teacher. Going to the teacher with a teamwork approach will be well received. A “how can I help you help my child?” approach usually sets the stage for a cooperative relationship.