Referral Process

Referral Process
 
When a child is referred for evaluation through special education, an Assessment Plan is developed specifically for that  child, in all areas of suspected disability.   This plan is mailed to parents for their approval.  A Health & Developmental History Form is included, which will provide the District with information about the child's early development, health information, and strengths / concerns noted by parents at home and school. Parents will also receive a copy of their Procedural Safeguards, which are parent rights and responsibilities related to the IEP process.  The child's assessments will begin upon receipt of the signed Assessment Plan by the special education office.  All efforts will be taken to minimize disruption to the student's school schedule during this process.
 
The following chart explains the types of assessments that may be included in a child's evaluation for special education.
 
Types of Assessments 
 
 Type  Includes Performed By
Vision & Hearing Screening Vision & Hearing impairment must be ruled out as a cause of academic delays. School Nurse
Cognitive Assessment    Typically involves administering an intelligence test and tests of information processing (auditory, visual, sensorimotor, memory or attention) to explore the student's cognitive strengths & weaknesses. Also may include classroom observations, informal tests, review of work samples & interviews with the student, parent & teachers. Psychologist   
Academic Assessment    Typically involves a standardized assessment of academic achievement in reading, writing and mathematics and informal assessments to understand specific strengths and weaknesses. Classroom observation is conducted.  Work samples and homework are reviewed. Special Education Teacher
Developmental, Medical & School History Report cards, cumulative record, attendance and discipline records are studied. Parents, teachers and students are interviewed to best understand the health, development, behavior, and social/emotional functioning of the student and its impact on school performance.  Psychologist
Speech & Language Assessment If there is a suspected language processing or communication problem, the speech and language therapist will use standardized tests and informal measures of receptive language, expressive language ability, language pragmatics and/or articulation. Speech & Language Pathologist (SLP)
Motor Skills Assessment Assessments are conducted in the areas of gross and fine motor skills and/or sensory integration, to determine if these areas are presenting limitations for the student. Occupational Therapist