This series of Wrightslaw articles were written for parents who have children with special needs and IEPs. For these families, keeping up with your children's educational paperwork is essential and can have an impact on your child. However, many families can benefit from the concept of putting together their child's educational history in an easy to access format. We have seen this type of organization benefit families in IEP meetings and other situations when sharing or examining the right information at the right time is important. Organizing your files also helps you get a better perspective of your child and his or her progress.
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If you don't have the records you think you should have, ANY family can request educational records. You may have to wait a few weeks for the school to get them to you or pay a modest fee for copying, but they can be helpful. In addition to grades and test scores, your child's records include information about discipline, attendance and other items about their performance or educational interventions.
In PFAST training, we encourage all families to keep up with key educational records. An organized system like the one Wrightslaw describes is most helpful, but if you at least put them in the same accordian file, drawer, or shoebox, you will have a better chance of finding what you need. We also recommend saving a few work samples, particularly in areas your child struggles, but also in areas where your child is doing well.
So, this summer, pull those records together, get them organized and be ready to start the next school year prepared!