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ABOUT2018-09-12T07:45:04+00:00

A Bit About Us

We are an organization of professionals who have come together to develop a long-needed tool to aid school teams, that include parents, in understanding school and independent educational evaluations so that the team can make truly informed decisions.

Our organization is a core of professionals with decades of experience in the field of special education and school and statewide testing.

We have led or participated in literally 1,000s of IEP meetings and other school meetings where test reports were discussed and are knowledgeable of IDEA and 504 regulations and have provided trainings and workshops at state, regional, national and international venues.

We are linked with professional consultants who are experts in their fields as well as reviewers that include professionals as well as parents and from across the country.

We are dedicated to making sense of school and independent evaluations to professionals and parents who are involved in making the best educational decisions possible for children with disabilities.

Vaughn K. Lauer, Ph. D.

Vaughn K. Lauer, Ph. D. is an educator with over thirty years experience in the field of special education. Working as a teacher, a university instructor, and a building, district and state administrator in the field of public education, Dr. Lauer’s experience spans all levels of education from pre-school to university. He has also worked in the field of test development for students with disabilities and has created professional development strategies for general and special education personnel.  His work is now focused on assisting parents to obtain an IEP that meets their child’s needs and not that of an individual or institution. He currently lives in Virginia, USA.

WHY WE DEVELOPED THIS PROGRAM

SEDS is software designed to help schools and parents make sense of school evaluations for making eligibility and educational programming decisions.

We created this program because every member of our organization (and almost every IEP team member we know) has run into these difficulties:

  • Typical psychoeducational and independent educational evaluations can hold 50 or more test scores spread across 20+ technically written, or more, pages of text. Ferreting out key data and finding thematic areas of need can quickly become frustrating.
  • Many of us have tried drawing on paper to explain to others what test scores mean–even pulling out napkins to draw bell curves. Admit it, we have all done it!
  • And, really, how many of us can easily hold 15+ pages of data in our heads? And the amount of numbers can easily be 60 or more!
  • We also had a difficult time determining what the strengths and needs were and what was actually causing learning (reading, for example) to be a problem for the child.
  • And how could we determine eligibility without making sense of the test reports or develop needs-based educational programs.

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WHY WE DEVELOPED THIS PROGRAM: THE PROBLEM

Every member of our organization (and almost every IEP team member we know) has run into these difficulties:

  • Typical psychoeducational and independent educational evaluations can hold 50 or more test scores spread across 20+ technically written, or more,
    pages of text. Ferreting out key data and finding thematic areas of need can quickly become frustrating.
  • Many of us have tried drawing on paper to explain to others what test scores mean–even pulling out napkins to draw bell curves. Admit it, we have all done it!
  • Many of us have also tried using spreadsheets in hopes of sorting out the data. But still their meaning can be elusive to both professionals and lay people.
    And, really, how many of us can easily hold 15+ pages of data in our heads? And amount of numbers can easily be 60 or more!
  • We also had a difficult time determining what the strengths and needs were and what was actually causing learning (reading, for example) to be a problem for the child.
  • And how could we determine eligibility without making sense of the test reports or develop needs-based educational programs.
THE PROBLEM

So, what is one to do when the key to understanding data, is, in fact, understanding data?

THE SPECIAL EDUCATION DECODER SYSTEM: THE SOLUTION

SEDS is software designed to help schools and parents make sense of school evaluations for making eligibility and educational programming decisions.

It was designed to so in a visually way, where the individual viewer or team can see (on any computer screen or wall projection) the results in graphical forms and  here the entire team can

  • Immediately see the range of skills and the child’s needs and strengths
  • Focus (literally zoom in our out) on one or many test scores
  • Discuss and point to the relationships among the test results
  • Not only what the areas of needs might be, but learn why the problems might exist

The SEDS was designed to be a visual representation of the written documents. The Solution video quickly shows how SEDS does that.

THE SOLUTION

USERS SAY THAT THE SEDS DOES WHAT IT WAS INTENDED TO

Evaluating evaluations was always time-consuming for me, looking at scores on individual tests, trying to see where they all fitted together and what they revealed about a student.  Having to present this information clearly to teachers and parents in a way that was understandable was, at times, an additional challenge.

Using the Special Education Decoder System has simplified all of this.  It instantly provides an overall view of a student’s test scores on a bell chart, facilitating comparisons quickly and easily.  

This has been highly effective … and has literally changed the course of a meeting.  Teachers have immediately understood a student’s challenges and issues when presented with a visual picture of strengths and needs.

EASE OF USE2018-08-07T14:43:56+00:00

SEDS and results accessible from anywhere there is access to the internet.

Easy to use with simplified steps to key in test scores (any type) into the SEDS program

Immediately see test scores convert to a standard and easy to understand measure for easy comparisons

Easy to change reports to focus on one to many tests and test scores.

Do in minutes what it takes hours to do by hand or even with graphing software

IMMEDIATE RESULTS2018-08-07T14:44:45+00:00

With one click of a button, instantly see the ranges of each test and all test scores

  • each test and all test scores are displayed in rank order
  • each set of test scores and all test scores are displayed across the familiar bell curve

Immediately see how scores cluster around needs AND strengths

Change the focus of what is seen on the charts with simple mouse clicks

EXPLAINING THE RESULTS2018-08-07T14:45:00+00:00

Clarity of graphs and charts enable easier explanations and analyses of tests scores

Literally point to key observations to an individual or team, if projected on a wall or screen

Show the results to an individual (from a handheld to a desktop) or to many (project on a screen or wall)

Reduce the challenge of presenting information to team members through simplified visuals

Focus on individual or multiple tests and tests scores with simple mouse clicks on the data

Quickly observe the overlapping and clustering of test scores

See where and how test scores “fit” together reveal about the child’s needs and strengths 

Maintain full control to modify the charts and graphs to focus on any number of tests and test scores

BENEFITS TO INDIVIDUALS AND SCHOOL TEAMS2018-08-07T14:45:37+00:00

Graphs point to strengths and weaknesses in a clear, concise, and easy to understand manner

SEDS program changes the focus of discussion from test scores to the now visually understandable strengths and needs of the child

Better understanding of the test results leads to informed decision-making

Comfort levels with asking questions are increased because the focus is on understanding.

Meeting times are reduced because of better communications and understanding of test reports

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