Evaluations and Reevaluations
Evaluation is the process for determining whether a child has a disability and needs special education and related services. It’s the first step in developing an educational program that will help the child learn.
A parent or guardian must provide written consent before the evaluation can begin and before the initial provision of any special education or related services to a child with a disability, and students must be reevaluated at least once every three years.
A full and individual educational evaluation serves many important purposes:
Even if the evaluation results show that your child does not need special education and related services, the information may still be used to help your child in a general education program.
Eligibility for Special Education
Students determined eligible for special education services must meet all three of the following criteria:
- The student must have a disability or disabilities.
- The student's disability/disabilities adversely affect educational performance.
The student’s unique needs cannot be addressed through education in general education classes alone – with or without individual accommodations and requires specially designed instruction (SDI).