Special Education is...
- Specially designed instruction is provided with a range of services to support students with disabilities
- Provides access to general education instruction
- Provides an education in a least restrictive environment
- Meets the specific needs of the student with a disability
- Provides related services (if deemed appropriate) are available
- No cost to parents
What is the pre-assessment process?
- The Student Success Team (SST) meets with parents and school staff to identify student needs and to design interventions
- The SST team meets after implementation of interventions to consider next steps, which may be a request for a special education assessment, a 504 eligibility, or continuation of current supports
- The SST may also recommend supports for specific needs for a student without the student being identified as being in Special Education
What is the assessment/evaluation process?
- Determine eligibility for Special Education services
- Eligibility for Special Education services is based on Federal and State definitions and must impact access to instruction
- A diagnosis does not necessarily qualify a student for special education services
- Student strengths and needs are considered
- Components of evaluation
- Assessments in the areas of need related to a disability
- Relevant medical reports
- Observation of the student
- Input from the student's classroom teacher
- Input from the student's parent(s)
- Other concerns/strengths
- Other information
- The assessment will be completed within 60 days from the date that the parent consents in writing to the Assessment Plan
- Eligibility is determined by Federal or CA Ed. Code
- Does the student meet the eligibility criteria as an individual with a disability?
- Does the severity of the disability have an adverse effect on the student's educational performance?
- Does the student require special education and services to achieve a free appropriate public education?
- Is the need not due to a lack of appropriate instruction or limited English proficiency?
- Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting is held with the parents to discuss assessment results and recommendations
- If the student is eligible for Special Education services, an IEP is written
- The IEP establishes goals related to the disability which will support the student in accessing the curriculum
- Thirteen areas of eligibility:
- Autism (AUT)
- Deaf Blindness (DB)
- Deafness (D)
- Hearing Impairment (HI)
- Intellectual Disability (ID)
- Multiple Disabilities (MD)
- Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
- Other Health Impairment (OHI)
- Emotional Disturbance (ED)
- Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
- Speech or Language Impairment (SLI)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Visual Impairment (VI)
What is Special Education?
¿Qué es Educación Especial?
Assessment for Special Education Parent Brochure
Evaluacion para Educion Especial