Once a referral for special education evaluation is made, the comprehensive evaluation will be conducted by a multidisciplinary team. The team may consist of the psychologist, speech/language pathologist, occupational and/or physical therapist, special education teacher, general education teacher, parents, and others as appropriate to the evaluation. The team is responsible for assessing the student in all areas related to any suspected disability and in any other areas deemed relevant.
The initial evaluation must look at the needs of the whole child, regardless of the reason for the referral. A comprehensive evaluation may include:
- individually administered tests and tools such as cognitive ability, academic achievement, social/emotional/behavioral, speech/language, OT/PT, etc
- Parent, Teacher, and Child rating scales regarding social/emotional/behavioral and/or adaptive
- Parent information and input including parent questionnaires/interviews
- Teacher input including teacher questionnaires/interviews, observations, analyzed classroom work samples
- School wide standardized testing results
- Medical information, as appropriate
- Classroom observations
- Prior testing done in other schools and/or private settings
- Progress Monitoring data
Evaluations/Assessments Required for Eligibility Quick Reference Chart - Use this chart as a guide to determine the required assessments per each eligibility area for referral and assessment purposes. Also refer to the state rules for determining eligibility for the required assessments required per the rules.
Eligibility Determination and Categories of Eligibility - Refer to the State Rules for evaluations required per each eligibliity area.