Special Education/Transition to Algrebra


    I have a similar question my son has add is 15 years old. He is in public school system (Core cull) and has cull Plan.  He is failing Math class.  After the fourth if, I called a meeting. Had more if added to the list. At that time my son continued to do his homework and and class work.  They took his breaks away and subdivided his Math work between two back to back class period.  So he has 180 continued to do his work and tests.  Such attention is drawn to that he has to pass the State test in order to pass this class and get a regular diploma.  His aniexty level is up and he is starting to not do his class work.  Well after next 8 f's I called another meeting.  Results were we are doing all we can, its up to the student.  50% of that true.
My son is a hard worker but when things get confusing he is not going to pudge.  I have a tutor for him and I have feel like I have try to talk to the school and I'm not getting anyway and either is my son.


Since your district requires students to pass Algebra in order to graduate, they are trying to help your son to do this. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be working.

There are lessons online that might help your son. They break down the algebra concepts into bit-sized lessons.

Go to: www.khanacademy.org/

The school should consider giving him one-to-one instruction. Taking away his breaks away is not the answer. It sounds like he needs instruction at a slower pace allowing him to grasp the concepts. Maybe his tutor can use Kahn Academy's lessons to help?

I wish you and your son the best,
Tim Runner, Advocate
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I have been an education advocate representing students and parents for six years. My experience includes: representing my clients in IEPs, SSTs, Due Process, review assessment results for my clients, and mediations. I have represented clients with learning disabilities, autism, Downs Syndrome, cognitively challenged, emotional problems, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and physical disabilities. I have also represented clients to County Mental Health Departments and Regional Centers. My clients range from pre-school to college students in many states.

I have a degree in Mathematics from the University of California with minors in Psychology and Physics. I also studied applied statistics in psychology at the graduate level. I have taught college classes, conducted seminars, written articles for various publications, and testified as an expert witness.

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