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When a child struggles in school, it is cause for concern. The first step in addressing this concern is gathering information. Next, with the appropriate information, you and the school work together to sort out what is going on and what might be needed. Keep in mind: Assessment is the foundation for making changes to support your child.

Eligibility for Special Education services as well as accommodations provided under a 504 Plan must be determined through assessments. As part of a federal law — the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) — there are specific requirements for Special Education assessments. If your child already is receiving Special Education services at school through an Individual Education Plan (IEP), assessments are also used to revise any part of the IEP.

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