What is involved with the testing process, and how will we help along the way?
Step 1 | qualifying
There are two different ways a child can qualify for services this is through:
All states are required by IDEA ( Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities who need special education and related services. To do so, states conduct what are known as Child Find activities.
When a child is identified by Child Find as possibly having a disability and as needing special education, parents may be asked for permission to evaluate their child. Parents can also call the Child Find office and ask that their child be evaluated.
Referral or request for evaluation
A school professional may ask that a child be evaluated to see if he or she has a disability. Parents may also contact the child’s teacher or other school professional to ask that their child be evaluated. This request may be verbal, but it’s best to put it in writing.
Parental consent is required before a child can be evaluated. The evaluation needs to be completed within 60 days after the parent gives consent.
Step 2 | Evaluation
By law the initial evaluation must be a“full and individual” which means the child must assess the child in all areas related to child’s suspected disability
If a parent disagrees with the evaluation they have the right to take their child to and Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE). They can also ask the school to pay for this
independent educational evaluation
If a parent disagrees with the evaluation they have the right to take their child to and Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE). They can also ask the school to pay for the testing, but it is not always guaranteed that the school will cover the costs.
Step 3 | Decision
If your child qualifies for special education with a disability, as defined by IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), within 30 calendar days a team of school professionals and the parents must meet to write an IEP (Individual Education Plan) for the individual child.
- 30 Calendar Days, the team of school professionals and parents meet.
- Writing the IEP, you work together to write the IEP/504 Accommodations for your child.
- IEP Solutions, acts as your guide to ensure the IEP is beneficial for your child, utilizing their strengths while working to improve their weaknesses.
Who decides if my child qualifies?
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
Is the decision unbias?
Step 4 | Meeting is scheduled
Next, a meeting is scheduled to go over the results of the testing and whether or not your child qualifies.
School staff must:
- Contact participants,
- Notify parents early enough to make sure they have an opportunity to attend,
- Schedule the meeting,
- Tell the parents who is attending
- Let the parents know they may invite people who know the child or have special expertise
Step 5 | IEP meeting is held & written
This is the meeting where parents consent to the school providing special education and related services to the child.
The IEP is formally written by the school professionals, and the parents or caregivers either agree or request changes to the IEP.
How We Work For You
We work to ensure you are happy with the IEP outlined for your child. We help you understand the accommodations and what the school's and guardian's responsibilities are.
Step 6 | Services are provided
Accommodations, modifications, and supports must be provided to the child in keeping with the IEP.
Step 7 | Progress is measured
Progress is measured and reported to the parents.
Progress should be reported regularly to keep parents informed
Step 8 | annual review
IEP is reviewed
This should be done once a year
step 9 | reevaluation
Child is reevaluated
This should be done at least every 3 years
IDEA – Understand what the Individuals with Disabilities Act is and what it means for your child.
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Wrightslaw – Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come here for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
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