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  • Writer's pictureSarah Tira

“But his grades are fine.”

One of the most common reasons I’ve heard school districts give about why a child doesn’t need special education assessment is because his or her grades are average or above average. But, grades have never been an acceptable reason to deny assessment. Teachers boost grades all the time with points for effort or extra credit. Sometimes parents are paying for extensive tutoring or other therapies outside of school, and that is the reason a child seems to be doing “fine.” Grades are simply one piece of the puzzle when measuring a child’s academic abilities and needs. The only way to truly know whether or not a child would benefit from special education is by conducting a comprehensive, objective assessment that looks at all areas of suspected disability. If you need help convincing your school district to assess, visit to learn more!

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