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Opting out of PARCC assessments: an unsettled issue

Many parents are confused as to whether they can opt-out of the upcoming PARCC assessments, and if so, how. Parents are also asking what the consequences will be for children who do opt out, or who stay home on testing days. Their confusion is completely understandable. The answers are not clear. PARCC stands for "Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers." It is a set of computer-based assessments in Language Arts and Mathematics that are aligned with the new Common Core Standards. The New Jersey State Board of Education identified PARCC as the state's testing program, beginning in...

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Use of 504 Plans and IEPs in cases of concussion

Getting a concussion can be a traumatic experience for both a child and his parents. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that most commonly results from a fall or a blow to the head. Signs of a concussion include: dizziness, headaches, difficulty concentrating, and sensitivity to light. While many concussions resolve in a number of weeks, in some cases, the effects of a concussion can last six months to a year. When concussion symptoms persist, parents may seek a 504 Plan or IEP from the child’s school to address what the child needs in order to continue to...

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Understanding the IDEIA:

Is Your Child’s Disability Adversely Affecting Educational Performance? It can be confusing for parents to understand how their child’s disability may qualify them for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA), the country’s federal special education law that ensures public schools serve the educational needs of students with disabilities. Under the IDEIA, each state must ensure that a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to any child with a disability who needs special education and related services. Parents need to know that even if their child is passing his or her tests in school, and advancing...

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When (and How) to create a Special Needs Trust

A Special Needs Trust is one that is designed to supplement the government benefits that your disabled child receives. Because of this, they are sometimes referred to as Supplemental Needs Trusts. Once parents have decided to create a Supplemental Needs Trust for their son or daughter, they may wonder when to move forward. Since the trust will help serve as a source of financial support for your special-needs child as they age, the answer is simple: the sooner the better. Life can be unpredictable, and since the trust is designed to help finance necessities that aren’t covered by governmental benefits, it’s best...

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