I work with low incidence students in our district as well as medically fragile children. In many instances, evaluations are much better informed by the therapists and teachers that work with these students than by our standardized evaluations. I believe these standardized evaluations usually measure what a student cannot do as opposed to what he or she can do, particularly when a student is in the bottom 1% of the curve or with multiple conditions which affect sensory and motor abilities.
Given that premise, I wonder why we want to administer an IQ for a student who is already in an ESE program. If they are receiving services through an IEP already, what information does a standardized evaluation offer that informs instruction? If we are not adding to the information about a student that assists us in teaching him or her, then why evaluate with standardized measures? This does not answer your question, other people already did that, but I would start with asking what can standardized testing add to the knowledge base of how to teach or serve the student. If it does not, I would not waste the student's time.
Dr. Valerie Buckley
Duval County Public Schools
1701 Prudential Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207