SPECIAL EDUCATION FLOWCHART
A referral is typically made by parent, school or other agency. The District must hold a meeting within 15 days of a request and determine if the student should be evaluated.
If the decision is made to evaluate, the team decides on what testing needs to be done and has 45 days to perform such testing and reconvene to review the results.
Once the evaluations have been completed the IEP Team meets to review the results and determine if the student has an educational disability and meets the criteria for special education services. The results must indicate that there is an adverse impact on the student’s academics such that they require specially designed instruction and related services in order to be academically successful.
If the student is determined eligible for special education services then the team reconvenes within 30 days of the eligibility determination to develop an IEP (individualized education program) that appropriately addresses the student's needs. Considerations in this process are special education and related services, placement and transition.
IEP PROGRESS REPORTING
Part of the IEP contains goals and objectives that must be reported on in conjunction with regular progress reporting done for all students. The student’s case manager will report out to the parent how the student is performing relative to the goals and objectives set forth in the IEP.
IEP ANNUAL REVIEW
An IEP can be written for an amount of time not to exceed 365 days. At minimum, the Team must convene annually to develop another IEP reflective of the student’s current circumstances.
TRIENNIAL EVALUATIONS / ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION
The law requires that students identified as requiring special education services must be evaluated every three years to determine if they continue to meet the criteria and to determine how the student has progressed over the course of those three years.