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Getting Organized:
Should I Request a Record Review?

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ISSN: 1538-320
September 29, 2015


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teachers passing out papers to kids in classWhen you purchased your school supplies, we hope you bought a three-ring binder for yourself.

You will use this binder to organize your child's file.

Now that school has started, you will begin to receive

  • reports from teachers
  • notes from administrators
  • samples of work
  • results of evaluations
  • evidence of problems or concerns
  • other school related documents

After you organize the information about your child into a file, you will have a clearer understanding of your child's disability and needs.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn how review your child's records and organize the file. Find where to start, what supplies you will need, and how to request records and develop your Master Provider List.

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Time to Get Organized!

Does organizing your child's educational record seem like a daunting task?

You can get a jump on the process if you begin now. We will walk you through the process - step by step in Organizing Your Child's File: Do It Right!

If you have already started a file, it’s time to review and update the file.

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School Has Started - Should I Request my Child's Records?

Should I request a copy of the file? How will I know what's missing?

1. Send a request letter to inspect and review your child’s records.

2. Specify all files in the letter, whether or not you believe these records exist.

Read all the steps in 14 Tips for Reviewing Your Child's Educational Record.


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