Essential resources for understanding the world of special education in Howard County and beyond.

Is the School Required to Provide Social Skills Training?

by Wrightslaw Social skill is not a “service” but a functional skill necessary for daily living activities. Your child’s IEP must include a description of her Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance. This means what her strengths and weaknesses are – both in academics and in functional areas like social skills.

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How to Create a Parent Input Report

By Kristin Stanberry When you have your IEP meeting, the team at school will share all sorts of information about your child. But there are certain insights that only you can provide. And they are important to share with the team.

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Understanding the PARCC Assessments

Howard County Public School System students in grades 3-8 will take the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. At the high school level, students will take PARCC assessments in Algebra I, Algebra II, English 10 and English 11.

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Maryland Guidance for IEP Teams on Participation Decisions for the Alternate Assessments

Maryland State Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services July 2017 Maryland Guidance for Individualized Education Program (IEP) Teams on Participation Decisions for the Alternate Assessments is intended to help guide IEP teams as they determine whether the Maryland Alternate Assessments, assessments based on alternate academic achievement standards, are the appropriate assessments for individual students.

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