Sunday, June 03, 2012

IEP Meeting -- Where's the Bar?

So, at the IEP meeting, the testers explained where Maggie scored in comparison to other kids. 

They told us that her reading level was 8th grade.  When I was testing her reading level a couple of months ago, I determined 4th or 5th grade. 

They told us that her math level was late 6th grade.  She's managing in the 4th-grade Saxon book.  She's about 3/4 of the way through.  We've been on it for over two years now.  And the school folks are telling me she's scoring two years ahead of where I think she is.

On the one hand, woo hoo for Maggie that she's doing okay.

On the other hand, what does this say about the kids at the school, if what I call 4th-grade work is what their teachers call 7th-grade work??  And what does this say for the society that these kids will be part of?


  1. That's both awesome for Maggie.

    And terribly sad for the kids in school. Sigh.

  2. The standards tend to be even lower for special ed programs.

    It is sadly amazing how standards have fallen in so many schools over the decades.