Eligibility for Special Ed

Eligibility for Special Education 

After your child has gone through an evaluation, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team meeting will be held to review the results.   The IEP Team generally includes parents, classroom teacher(s), specialist(s) involved in assessing your child, and an administrator to chair the meeting, take notes and complete paperwork.   Parents may access an "IEP Planning Form" to complete and share with the team, to be included with the other reports.

Following the discussion of strengths, areas of concern, and evaluation results, a determination of whether or not your child qualifies for special education will be made.  In this process, the IEP Team must find that the student is eligible as a child with a disability, that the disability adversely affects academic performance, and that the student needs special education to meet his/her academic needs.  Areas which must be ruled out as primary factors include language background, cultural differences, race, poor attendance, limited school experience, economic disadvantage and lack of appropriate instruction.

Students can be found eligible in one or more of the following disability categories:

                 Specific Learning Disability
                 Intellectual Impairment
                 Speech or Language Impairment (Articulation, Language, Fluency or Voice Impairment)
                 Hearing Impairment
                 Deafness
                 Visual Impairment, including Blindness
                 Emotional Disturbance
                 Orthopedic Impairment
                 Autism
                 Deaf-Blindness
                 Multiple Disabilities
                 Other Health Impairment
                 Traumatic Brain Injury