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The Steps in the Special Education
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Referral or request for evaluation.
Step 1. Child is identified as possibly needing special education and related services.
Parental consent is needed before a child may be evaluated
Evaluation is an essential early step in the special education process for a child. It’s intended to answer these questions:
Child is evaluated.
By law, the initial evaluation of the child must be “full and individual”—which is to say, focused on that child and that child alone. .
The evaluation must assess the child in all areas related to the child’s suspected disability
Does the child have a disability that requires the provision of special education and related services?
What are the child’s specific educational needs?
What special education services and related services, then, are appropriate for addressing those needs?
Step 3. Eligibility is decided.
Step 4. Child is found eligible for services.
A group of qualified professionals and the parents look at the child’s evaluation results. ” as defined by IDEA. If the parents do not agree with the eligibility decision, they may ask for a hearing to challenge the decision.
Step 5. IEP meeting is scheduled.
Step 7. After the IEP is written, services are provided.
Step 6. IEP meeting is held and the IEP is written.
Step 8. Progress is measured and reported to parents.
Step 9. IEP is reviewed.
Step 10. Child is reevaluated.
At least every three years the child must be reevaluated.
This evaluation is sometimes called a “triennial.”
However, the child must be reevaluated more often if conditions warrant or if the child’s parent or teacher asks for a new evaluation.