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Dr. Seligsohn also reported that although Ryan had made progress in written language, she did not find that he had progressed at an expected rate.  Overall, Dr. Seligsohn concluded that Ryan does not have the skills needed to function in the regular education classroom, even with supports.  She recommended that Ryan be placed in a substantially separate language based classroom within the context of a highly specialized educational environment. (Exhibit P-7)

On January 5, 2010, Ryan’s Wilson Reading teacher, Ms. Robillard, conducted a follow-up WADE assessment.  The assessment revealed that Ryan was making progress both in the sounds assessment and in the reading assessment.  Ryan’s ability to read nonsense words increased from 20% correct in January 2009 to 72% correct in January 2010. (Exhibit S-8 and testimony of Ms. Robillard)

The progress reports from Medford staff in February 2010 reflect that Ryan continued to progress.  Ms. Kelly reported that Ryan had achieved all of his speech and language goals.  She did note, however, that Ryan still required specific instruction to independently use the word “unless” in a grammatically correct sentence. (Exhibits S-10 and 23)

Additional progress reports from April 2010 and June 2010 continued to show that Ryan was making progress toward his goals.  In April, Ms. Kelly reported that Ryan continued to improve his sentence structures and the complexity of his sentences.  Ryan was now independently using the word “unless” in grammatically correct sentences in four out of five opportunities.  By June 2010 Ms. Robillard reported that Ryan had completed Step 5.5 of the Wilson Reading program.  After beginning the program in February of 2009 at Step 2 Ryan was now ready to start Step 6. (Exhibits S-20 and 21 and testimony of Robillard)

An annual review TEAM meeting was held on February 12, 2010.  At the parents’ request, a new IEP was not proposed as a result of the meeting because the parents were waiting for the results of Dr. Seligsohn’s neuropsychological evaluation of Ryan.  A second TEAM meeting was held on March 19, 2010.  Dr. Seligsohn’s report was discussed at that time. (Exhibits S-4 and 5 and testimony of Timmel, Benn, Medaglio and Ryan’s mother)

An IEP was proposed from March 19, 2010 to March 18, 2011.  Instead of offering special education support in his ELA class only, this IEP proposed that Ryan receive special education support in math, science and social studies and English Language Arts classes.  The parents rejected the IEP and placement.  (Exhibits S-2 and 5 and testimony of Medaglio, Benn and Ryan’s mother)

A resolution meeting was held on May 4, 2010 after the parents had filed a Hearing Request.  Following the resolution meeting a new IEP was proposed from May 4, 2010 to March 18, 2011.  Medford offered to add a regular education reading comprehension class twice per week, direct counseling once per week

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