DRT CONSULTANT - Special Education Process
DRT Consultant - Bridging the gaps between home and school
The Special Education Process
I. Identification/Referral


Identification/Referral
The first step to getting help for your child at school is through identification and referral.  You (parent/caregiver), the student, or school personnel, suspect a learning disability or notice a shift or lack in academic progress and/or behavioral concerns; state your concerns in writing.  Be sure to include reasons why you suspect this and most importantly request a “Comprehensive Psycho-educational Evaluation”.  Submit your letter the school principal.  Sample letter provided below. 

Individuals with Disability Act (IDEA) mandates: Within 60 days of receiving parental consent for the evaluation, the district must conduct a full and individual initial evaluation to determine whether the child has a disability and the educational needs of the child.    
 
When administering the evaluation, the child is assessed in all areas of suspected disability.  The school must use a variety of assessment tools including information provided by the parent, in support of determining if the child has a disability; and content of the child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).   


Individuals with Disability Act (IDEA) mandates: Within 60 days of receiving parental consent for the evaluation, the district must conduct a full and individual initial evaluation to determine whether the child has a disability and the educational needs of the child.    
 
When administering the evaluation, the child is assessed in all areas of suspected disability.  The school must use a variety of assessment tools including information provided by the parent, in support of determining if the child has a disability; and content of the child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).