Referral & Evaluation Process
When a teacher has academic and behavior concerns about a student, he/she consults with other teachers and support staff to plan interventions and strategies to help the student. When data indicates that there is little or no progress made by the student, additional interventions may be implemented or the student may be referred to the special education department for a possible full case study or initial evaluation of the student.
The purpose of an initial evaluation is to answer questions about a student’s cognitive abilities, academic achievement, and the strengths and weaknesses in both areas. The student’s health and social/emotional history is included in this evaluation. A variety of assessments are given to determine if the student is eligible for special education services. Evaluation results and recommendations will be discussed at a multidisciplinary conference (teacher, parents, and support staff). If the student is eligible for special education services, then the teacher, the support staff, the special education staff and the parents meet to plan the students Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Once the student has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) the teacher and support staff, along with parents, meet yearly for an annual review. The purpose of the annual review is to review the progress and needs of the student and plan for the following year.
All students having an IEP are reevaluated every three years. The three year reevaluation includes a full case study which includes reviews of cognitive abilities and academic achievement. This reassessment determines if the student continues to be eligible for special education services.