By The Understood Team
It’s important to keep different kinds of records to help you chart your child’s progress. Having these documents will also make it easier for you to talk with school officials. Use this checklist to see what to keep.
Master contact list: All people and agencies that have information or records about your child
Student handbook and policies
Official progress notes, including report cards, progress reports, standardized test scores
Meetings: Notices (including printed emails) of scheduled meetings or of cancellations
Behavior correspondence: Notices of disciplinary actions and other notes home (including printed emails) about your child’s behavior
Samples of schoolwork: High- and low-scored assignments, plus any work your child is especially proud of
Evaluation records, including evaluation requests, results and any reevaluations
Medical records related to your child’s disability or ability to learn, including doctors’ and specialists’ notes
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and other official service plans
Accolades: Awards received by your child, positive notes from teachers, letters of recommendation
Communications log: Use a calendar or chart to keep track of your communications with the school, including:
Learn how to organize your child’s records in a three-ring binder. Find out how schools monitor student progress. Get tips on how to partner with your child’s teacher.
The Understood Team is composed of writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.
Ginny Osewalt is certified in elementary and special education, with experience in inclusion, resource room and self-contained settings.
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