"No thank you. Don't bother to send me report about testing results. I won't understand it anyway. I'll just listen at meeting."
Those were words of more than one parent I spoke with whose children had been tested to see if they needed special education services. I could always hear discouragement in their voices as they spoke.
I heard same tone of voice in a person a little closer to home just recently. A relative of mine has a son who has just been evaluated, and parents had been given a copy of report. He and his wife both have college educations, and they still had difficulty understanding what was being said. He looked totally helpless as he showed me paperwork.
It's important to realize that every occupation in life has it's own terms, and special education is no different. Unless you work in that occupation on a daily basis, you can't be expected to know what those terms mean - not much consolation when it's your child's education and success that are at stake.
The good news is that there is help out there.
Here are some suggestions for how you can become an informed, active participant in meeting:
1) Contact special education office in your school district. Either someone there can explain it to you, or they can tell you who to talk with to help you understand report.
2) Set up an appointment to speak with special education person in your child's school.
If you can't get information you want through special education office for some reason, call and decide on a mutually convenient time when you can meet with special education teacher and discuss results. Perhaps you can even discuss what recommendations might be regarding best placement and best program for your child.