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EDIT- schooling at home BUT STILL IN PUBLIC SCHOOL- my 2nd grader

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2. YES she can still have an IEP

3. She has severe anxiety and panic attacks being close to other kids during testing. She cannot handle competitions at this time either

4. We live in OR

We are doing K12 for the rest if this year (yes I know it's still technically public school). My kinder is staying in traditional school for now (we will start next school year).
The school basically said they have no intention of testing her for an IEP (which I requested 5 months ago) and since they refuse to let me sign for consent there is nothing legally I can do except pull her out. But with k12 there is no middle man for IEP testing (though I'm hoping she won't need it as it would be for environmental changes due to anxiety).
Has anyone does K12 with an IEP?
My state requires state testing in 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th and 10th grade, anyone homeschool and have experience with state testing?

by on Jan. 8, 2014 at 4:00 PM
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by Group Admin on Jan. 11, 2014 at 1:05 PM

That I can agree with however many people are beginning to take advantage of the IEPs because they can request special testing procedures.  I saw it occurring in VA when the SOLs (their PSSAs) began to account for portions of their class grades, and my PS friends are talking about the rise in IEPs here too.  

I have learned in the past decade to play things pretty close to the chest.  I have had 2 visits from CPS and I just do not share things outside of the immediate family much.  Both of these visits were found to be unfounded calls, but it has made me very cautious.  My pediatrician has been wonderful, but he does not know that we homeschool nor does he need to know.  My evaluator is a member of my church, and she really does not agree with homeschooling for the reasons that I do it (she only agrees with homeschooling for religious reasons).  Putting it all together, I am still not comfortable with having him tested.  But thank you for your reassurances.

Quoting celtic77dragon:

ADHD is a recognized disability. However, ADHD in itself does not USUALLY qualify for an IEP (unless it is an extreme case). I have known a lot of kids with this diagnosis and they do not have IEPS - my daughter is one of them. She was diagnosed through the school originally. If you had your son diagnosed outside of the school, they wouldnt even know to have an IEP for him.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

That's not true.  ADHD is a recognized disability in the US Dept of Ed and all states must provide certain services for it if they are deemed necessary by either the school, a healthcare professional, or the parents.   And Pennsylvania does recognize it:

Quoting celtic77dragon:

ADHD is not enough for your child to get an IEP in Pa. My oldest dd was diagnosised with ADHD when in public school and never had an IEP. In fact, the public school is the place that recognized and diagnosised it. A private counselor later confirmed this and gave us tips on how to handle it. 

My son who was not school age at the time was SUPER hyper active and couldn't even sleep a full 8hrs and I assumed he had ADHD. So I had him tested at the same time. Turns out that he didn't fit the criteria enough. Sure enough, with age, his energy level has decreased quite a bit. He has the most focus of all of my kids. However, the counselor did give us ADHD related tips for his energy levels. 

Quoting bluerooffarm:

As for IEPs....I would carefully read the state laws about IEPs and homeschooling.  In my state if your child has an IEP in a public school, you would need to prove that you are following the IEP or have plans set to follow the IEP in order to "get permission" to homeschool.  I have a child that I am sure is ADHD, but I worry about getting him tested just so that law does not apply to us.  If you felt that you could have a specialist evaluate your child and then collaborate with her for a plan of action without involving the PS system, that would be my recommendation.

My kids did K12 last year and we hated it so badly that I pulled them out in the middle of the year.  Homeschooling (as daunting as it was to me) was much easier than having K12 oversee our education.

by Silver Member on Jan. 11, 2014 at 5:34 PM

My ds was in K12 and had to do testing also. Unfortunately he just stood stock still until the teacher said he could go. We tried different testing environments, nothing worked. Finally his teacher recommended that I just pull him out and traditionally homeschool him.

by on Jan. 11, 2014 at 7:02 PM
IEP Stands for individualized education plan, right? Isn't it already individualized to your child? What part of the k12 process do you need done differently? Have you talked with the teacher you are assigned to?

What do you need a specific IEP for of all of it is being taught 1 on 1?
by on Jan. 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM
We live in a small town north of Salem and south of Willsonville. We mainly want more testing time, being completely alone during testing, things like that.
I know the local library does a homeschooling seminar in the summer that I'm def going to

Quoting Pukalani79:

 Where in Oregon are you?  I'm in Klamath Falls.  First, what are you trying to gain by getting an IEP? Are you looking for extra time on work, or extra considerations during the testing? Ask your daughter's K12 teacher about what steps you should take, or if they don't know ask who you should contact to get that information.  My youngest has some health problems and we were looking to get extra help with reading and possibly speech.  I was also concerned about her with the State tests.  We were able to go the the public school we are zoned for and set up some evaluations through them.  That might be something available to you, I don't know. 

As far as the testing goes.  K12 should have that information, but if not - check out this website. I think this will take you to the sample tests, but you can navigate the site from there. It should have information about when and where to take the tests as well as how to register, etc.  My kids go to a charter school, so that's taken care of for us.  Don't stress over the tests though. I think that you have to be below the bottom 15% before there's a problem. Even then, it's more about finding ways to help "catch up."

Definitely look for homeschooling groups in your area.  The advice and the support you can gain from those groups can be invaluable.

by on Jan. 11, 2014 at 8:05 PM
Our state does mandatory testing every 2 years (homeschooled of not). The IEP would give her options for testing environment. She needs this as she has extreme anxiety during tests/ evaluations. Other than that she is pretty advanced in her studies so we don't need any material changed.

Quoting KrissyKC: IEP Stands for individualized education plan, right? Isn't it already individualized to your child? What part of the k12 process do you need done differently? Have you talked with the teacher you are assigned to?

What do you need a specific IEP for of all of it is being taught 1 on 1?
by Member on Jan. 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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I am glad you found a solution for your kiddo! I also have a 2nd grader, she is doing fine in public School right now but I have 2 other daughters that also have anxiety/panic attacks when it comes to School. I understand where you're coming from & I just wanted to give a thumbs up for going that extra step for your child!
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