Expert Iconexpert advice MORE

Education Rights Violated?

LD and ADD/ADHD Expert Advice from Eileen S. Marzola, Ed.D.

Q: I have gone through my son's portfolio, which contained all of his academic work for the past year and a half. Not only was his work not corrected nor graded, but I also discovered textbooks were not being utilized or supplied. There is no way to average out his grades if there were no grades on his work. He went from an IQ of 142 at age 7 to below fourth-grade level at age 10.

At the IEP meeting, I need to address these issues without jeopardizing my job with the education department. I am very upset about this. I feel my son's constitutional rights to an equal education were violated. Am I right? How do I approach this issue, make an impact on the school, and have them see the mistakes they made?

A: Your anger and frustration are certainly understandable. You should have been informed on a regular basis about your son's progress towards his IEP goals. For some schools that's every six weeks or every two or three months. In others, home progress reports coincide with regular report cards. In any case, you have a right to hear how he's doing. If he is not making progress, then either the goals need to be modified or (more likely) the teaching strategies and materials used need to be altered.

You shouldn't have to go through this on your own. Call the Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities at 1-888-GR8-MIND or go to their website at http://www.aboutldon.org to see if they can steer you to an advocacy group in your community like the Learning Disabilities Association of America or the International Dyslexia Association. Someone there may be able to accompany you to the IEP meeting or at least give you some advice about getting appropriate help for your son. Good luck!

More on: Expert Advice

For more than 20 years, Eileen Marzola has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders, and with their parents and teachers. She has been a regular education classroom teacher, a consultant teacher/resource teacher, an educational evaluator/diagnostician, and has also taught graduate students at the university level. Marzola is an adjunct assistant professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Hunter College of the City University of New York. She also maintains a private practice in the evaluation and teaching of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.

Please note: This "Expert Advice" area of FamilyEducation.com should be used for general information purposes only. Advice given here is not intended to provide a basis for action in particular circumstances without consideration by a competent professional. Before using this Expert Advice area, please review our General and Medical Disclaimers.


Special Books for the Kids You Love
Celebrate 20 years of sharing love to the moon and back with the anniversary edition of Guess How Much I Love You, one of the world’s best-loved picture books. Plus, search our Book Finder for more great book picks. Brought to you by Candlewick Press.

Vote Now for the Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards
Voting is open now through May 3 for the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards — the only national book awards program where the winning author, illustrator, and books of the year are selected by young readers. Encourage your child to vote for his favorites today!

Top 10 Math & Science Apps for Your Whiz Kid
Looking for the best math and science apps for kids? Check out these cool apps for all ages, which will grow your child's love of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks