A mom posted in the Parenting Special Needs Forum a while back about a good IEP meeting, and how great it was to hear her child was doing great. But another parent wrote in this week with a warning: "My school district tells everyone their kids are 'great' so they don't have to pay for more services. We're in the process of going broke fighting our district because they say my kid is doing 'great' and they are lying."
The original poster has replied to assure that indeed, in this case "great" means "great," and that's great. But I've also experienced good reports from school personnel that weren't really good. In our case, it involved Child Study Team members assuring me that my daughter was "flying," while keeping the same stagnant IEP goals going year after year.
Has your experience with "great" been great? Or have you found enthusiasm over your child's progress to be some sleight-of-hand to distract you from school inaction on the one hand or lack of progress on the other? Share your thoughts in the comments below.Illustration by Terri Mauro