Federal Law against IQ testing for African American Children, what about biracial children??

Alicia - posted on 05/07/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 8 year old has always struggled with reading. In kinder his teacher was deaf and I assumed that some of his issue could be that she speaks a bit different so the sounds are different. I would work with him and he would argue, since the way that it sounded from the teacher was different than what he was hearing with me. He is now a third grader. I met with a teacher today in order to start an IEP. I do believe that he may also be dyslexic. I had marked “white” on all of his paper work with this new school but somehow they were aware that he is also African American as well. My son is blond hair blue eyed. I was advised that since he is of African American heritage it is against the law for the IQ test needed to test him. I came home and researched and low and behold in 1979 Federal Judge ordered it illegal. Anyone have any advice on how I can get this completed so that he can get the help that he needs to thrive in school. I understand that there are alternatives however they are not as accurate as completing the IQ and other testing that appears to be against Federal law. This has got to change! We are in 2012 and I feel that my child is being discriminated against and will get second rate assistance with his education. Any suggestions?

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Cecilia - posted on 02/15/2013

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Racism still exist in good ole America! Shame on whoever started something like this, all parents should be allowed to have an IQ test on their children.

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Special - posted on 05/09/2015

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Larry P in the state of California proved that far too many African Americans were being designated retarded with culturally biased tests. My daughter is African American but was adopted by my wife and me. I am white, she is Native American. We moved to have her tested and removed African American from her "secondary" race. She is living in the home of educators and the Supreme court recognizes culture before genetics. Many Native Americans become natives through adoption. We simply had the "district" remove her secondary African American status in the data base and asserted her primary culture. Do know that IQ tests are only a weather gauge and never measure real potential. You can change her profile in the data base and then demand the test if it helps you target needs. I've seen 60 point swings IQ over time and usually speech and language kids move up fast.

Jeanette - posted on 12/02/2014

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If you take it to court they cannot currently do anything about it, it is an outdated law. But the law nonetheless. Whoever is testing African American students with the IQ test is in jeopardy of loosing their license and job. Maybe they are using a different test and calling it an IQ test?

Medic - posted on 05/07/2012

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Ok I just read up on it and I think it is a bunch of bull and it focused on Cali. From what I read it basically states that since they do not speak proper english it is not fair to test them. I think its a huge cop out and I know here at least they test everyone the same. All the kids at any given school are given the same tests no matter what their race.

Medic - posted on 05/07/2012

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Where are you located? That sounds like a bunch of bull. My friends kids are biracial and look african american and they have all been IQ tested for their IEP's.

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