[+] Read about the specific criteria used to determine eligibility in the educational category of learning disabilities.
Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education – Criteria for Eligibility in the Educational Category of “Learning Disabled”
A child is determined to have a specific learning disability when:
- The child does not achieve commensurate with his or her age and ability levels in one or more areas listed in B below if provided with learning experiences
appropriate for the child’s age and ability level;
- The child displays observable characteristics that indicate deficits in basic psychological processing in one or more of the following academic areas:
- Basic reading skill
- Mathematics reasoning
- Reading comprehension
- Written expression
- Oral expression
- Mathematics calculation
- Listening comprehension
In determining whether a child has a specific learning disability, a responsible public agency may use a process that determines if the child responds to scientific, research-based intervention as a part of the evaluation procedures or may require a severe discrepancy between achievement and intellectual ability (of 1.5 standard deviation).
The child’s learning disability is not primarily the result of:
- A visual, hearing, or motor disability
- Mental retardation
- Emotional disturbance
- Environmental, cultural or economic disadvantage
NOTE ON PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT: If a responsible public agency uses a severe discrepancy method: A child who does not display a discrepancy of at least 1.5 standard deviations as defined in B above, may nonetheless be deemed to have a specific learning disability if 1) the child meets the other criteria of this rule; and 2) based upon professional judgment and review of formal and informal assessments, the evaluation team concludes that a severe discrepancy exists. In such cases, sufficient data must be presented in the evaluation report to document the existence of a specific learning disability.
If the agency does not use a severe discrepancy method, professional judgment can only be used if the child does not respond to scientific, research-based intervention.
The SSD Family & Community Resource Center (FCRC) offers books, videos and other resources on learning disabilities (PDF)
. Materials may be sent home through school mail to families whose children receive SSD services. Others may come into the FCRC to check out materials.
Churchill Center & School
Miriam School/Learning Center
St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association (LDA)
Learning Disabilities Association of Missouri
Decoding Dyslexia Missouri
International Dyslexia Association
Learning Disabilities Association of America
National Center for Learning Disabilities