What grade level do I use for my special needs child?

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What grade level do I use for my special needs child?

Postby ADW8691 » Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:32 am

I would like to homeschool my 14 yr. old daughter who has Williams Syndrome(we live in N.Y.). Her current IEP doesn`t really specify what grade level she functions at :?. Is there any way to determine what level she is at? I would like to start homeschooling when the new year arrives. If anyone has any advice/info regarding this, I would be very grateful. :D

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Postby Mark » Tue Dec 12, 2006 12:57 pm

not sure how you would find that short of comparing the work she is
doing now with various grade level curriculumn

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Postby Theodore » Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:44 pm

There may be placement tests offered by your state, but if you're going to be using homeschool curriculum, the best idea is to use the placement tests offered by whatever curriculum providers you decide to go with, since grade level is largely subjective:

Saxon Math
Alpha Omega
Switched-On Schoolhouse

There are also numerous books and online resources for placement testing, or you can just borrow some books for the grade range you think your daughter is in and put together a test from a sampling of problems from each grade.

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Postby Lovelife » Sun Jan 14, 2007 5:41 pm

I have three special needs girls 2 with Fragile X syndrome and all three have autism. I found that placenment tests did'nt work for us because they don't correctly determine the actual level. In our case it was because the girls operate at several different levels accross the board or that they had memorised answers but could not understand concepts.

we also found that no one curriculum would work becasue most build upon previous knowlege that my girls could not grasp. So we use a base currciulum and lots of material from other places in order to push a concept home or provide variations of a concept. That way they are more likley to grasp and understand concepts and you can go to the next step.

But thats us you may find your situaiton is entirley different. best of luck
lovelife :)

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This is why we use Charlotte Mason Method

Postby lilybugs » Wed Jan 24, 2007 5:41 am

I can adjust curriculum to her level=she is twelve but all over the board academically from grade 2 math to fifth grade reading/spelling!
Flexibility is key. A bough curriculum for a child who is really varied in academic levels really doesn't work well.
I make my own curriculum based on this method.
Good luck!
Let go and let God!

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