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Each year, the TASH Conference brings together our constituents to share resources and success stories, learn about field-driven best practices, and network within a community engaged in shared values. The Conference is attended by passionate leaders, experts, and advocates from every corner of the disability community. Conference attendees are influential in their fields and communities, and play an important role in the provision of services and supports for the millions of individuals and organizations around the world; and include professors and researchers from leading institutions; those involved in local, state, and federal governments and public policy; special and general educators, and school administrators; self-advocates, adult service providers; students, family members, and many others.  This year’s conference theme, Building Diverse and Inclusive Communities, reminds us that equity, opportunity, and inclusion relies on the input of broad perspectives and experiences.
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Friday, December 6 • 10:55am - 11:45am
What Does Endrew F.'s Potential for Growth Mean? Seating Available

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In Endrew F., the Supreme Court states that an IEP must be based on an individualized evaluation of the child's "potential for growth." School districts must consider the child's potential for growth, not just her present levels. In other words, a purposeful assessment in all areas of suspected disability with an eye toward assessing for ability. After all, why do an educational assessment for any reason if not for figuring out how to best educate the child? Nonetheless, school districts rely on IQ tests to measure cognitive potential. IQ tests only measure present levels. What exactly does evaluating potential mean? Is potential a fixed element? Is there any study that parents can rely upon to argue that potential is not fixed for life? We will look at dynamic assessments as an alternative to assessing a student with language delays and intellectual disabilities.

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Barbara Ransom

A civil rights attorney who represents individuals, families and organizations seeking relief from discrimination on the basis of disability.

Friday December 6, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am MST
Meeting Room: Kave Ballroom 1 5594 West Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85226