Data That Parents Should Collect and Keep

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Data That Parents Should Collect and Keep

Data That Parents Should Collect and Keep | Los Angeles Special Education

Just as you keep records of your taxes, insurance policies and other important papers, you should also be keeping full records on your child’s education especially if he or she is in a special needs classroom. These records will help you understand your child’s educational experience better, will help you advocate for your child and will protect you from future issues. Here are a few files and reports that you should be saving.

Letters from Doctors, School Officials, and Other Professionals

Official and unofficial letters will help you keep an eye on medical or mental patterns and will help you see how your child is progressing in school. Keep all medical and psychological records to prove that your child truly needs special services. Also, file away all report cards, graded tests that you receive and standardized test scores. You should even save notes sent by mail, given informally or received by email that you get from school officials. These notes often cover such subjects as social or emotional issues of which you should be aware.

All IEPs

Your child’s IEP should state the goals that he or she is to achieve and how the school plans to help the child meet these goals. By keeping a copy of the IEP, you can ensure that the school is doing what it promised and can see how your child is progressing in school.

Financial Information

While you may not think of financial information, such as bank account statements and receipts, as being very important, they may be vital information needed to continue getting supplemental income for your child through the government.

Keep in mind that every school also keeps plenty of paperwork for every special need student and his or her family. This ensures that they have covered their bases should anything come up legally in the future. Most schools will keep a file on attendance, disciplinary needs, compliance and records of consent. They will also keep a confidential file with the IEP, meeting summaries and copies of medical records and independent evaluations that you have given them. By keeping your own files, you will be prepared should anything unexpected come up or should you need to attend a fair hearing or a court hearing. For further advice about special needs record keeping, contact a special education attorney at Newman, Aaronson, Vanaman.
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