Friday morning, I had a meeting with Tommy’s teacher and the school psychologist. This meeting was to address my request that Tommy be evaluated. I must admit, I was really nervous going into this meeting. I knew what I wanted to get out of it, but I had no idea if I would have to fight for it, or if it would just be handed to me. When the psychologist called me to schedule the meeting, she said that it was to discuss the process, and “when and if” Tommy would be evaluated. I feared the worst.
Like I said, this meeting was their legally required response to my request. They recognized my concern that he might be falling behind. Because he is currently performing at grade level, there is no justification for a full evaluation. But…there are other things that they can and will be doing. The psychologist will be doing “time on task” observations and the teacher and I will be completing what’s called a Connors Rating Scale. From this, the psychologist will compile a report and likely make a recommendation that we seek a medical diagnosis. OK…I’m good with this. (This is not exactly what I thought we’d get, but I’m glad to see that they want to do something.) But, one of the biggest questions I still had was about what would happen next year. Before I even had to ask, they assured me that Tommy is “on the radar” as a student who needs assistance, and that “he will be placed in a supported classroom next year.” If we do end up with a medical diagnosis, then he will get a 504 plan.
Umm…wow! My faith in our school district has definitely been renewed.