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How does a student qualify for special education services?
What is an evaluation?
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Outline of the initial evaluation process for school-age children
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Outline of the initial evaluation process for school-age children
  1. Problem suspected
    • Student may be referred by teachers, counselors, principals, parents or outside agencies
  2. Building Level Team
    • Purpose is to brainstorm and develop intervention strategies and collect data before considering a referral to SSD
    • Participants may include parent, counselor, general education teacher, special education teacher, speech/language pathologist and a school psychologist or examiner
    • The Building Level Team process time frame varies from student to student and may be as long as a year. Many students who go to Building Level Teams are not referred for special education evaluation if their needs can be met within the general education setting
  3. Referral
    • Data gathering packet is completed by the Building Level Team and forwarded to the Joint Review Committee to determine whether referral is warranted
    • Joint Review Committee reviews the packet for completeness and appropriateness based on Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines
    • SSD and partner school district notify parent(s) by letter to inform them whether an evaluation will occur due to suspicion of a disability that requires special education, and a copy of the Procedural Safeguards and Parent Bill of Rights is provided
    • If parents feel their child needs to be referred for evaluation and their local school district refuses, parents may request due process
  4. Review of existing data conference
    • If an evaluation will occur, a meeting between parents, teachers, counselor and SSD staff is held to review existing data and discuss areas to be assessed
    • Written consent to evaluate is requested from the parents (should occur within 30 days of Joint Review Committee meeting)
    • An eligibility conference is usually scheduled within 45 days of this meeting so that a final determination can be made within 60 days of the receipt of consent
  5. Eligibility conference
    • Parents are given a verbal report of the assessments by the school psychologist, the educational examiner, the speech/language pathologist, the resource teacher and any other evaluator involved in the assessment
    • Based on Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidelines, initial eligibility for special education is made if the student meets applicable criteria
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