Under current law, parents need to compile a record establishing that their child is not or cannot served by the educational system. Problems that a child might have vary and intellectual range can encompass everything from gifted to intellectually disabled. The framers of the IDEA were well aware of the broad swath of students they sought to protect. If seeking the remedies available under the IDEA, it is incumbent upon parents to maintain written records of communications with teachers and school administrators and to keep copies of students’ work.
I read with interest an article in the New York Times about a new app called Remind, which enables teachers to send homework reminders to parents and children. As Brett Kopf, the app’s developer, points out “…if a student is struggling at school, oftentimes the parents don’t know” and this app facilitates communication between teachers and parents. Many families would welcome this communication, but one wonders whether teachers will take the time to use this resource. Further, I wonder whether school administrations will discourage use of a tool that will create the very record needed to establish that a student is not, in fact, progressing in executive function skills developed by homework. If you can get a teacher to use this tool, great. If not, please make sure that you communicate regularly with your child’s teachers in writing.