THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROCESS
We are required by regulation and law, to ensure that every effort is made to support students through the resources available within the regular education program prior to consideration for a referral to special education. We have instituted the following procedure to ensure compliance with this mandate.
Step 1: When a student is experiencing difficulty in meeting educational expectations, the first step is a parent/teacher conference.
Step 2: The teacher can refer the student to the building level Instructional Support Team (IST) to brainstorm/discuss strategies with the team to address concerns and steps to remediate. The IST produces a written pre-referral strategies plan with agreed upon assessment and evaluation timelines. This plan is reviewed, as needed, to monitor student’s progress.
Step 3: If the student continues to experience difficulty after all levels of support/documentation have been attempted, and a disability is suspected, the following process occurs:
-An Initial Referral to the Committee on Special Education (CSE)
-An individual evaluation is completed
-A determination is made by the CSE regarding eligibility for services
- An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed
- An Annual Review is conducted to assess progress and determine
program for the following year
- A Re-Evaluation is conducted every three years