Referrals - Eligibility
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) allows for research-/evidence-based programs and strategies to be used before identifying students in a category of special education. The goal of the Response to Intervention (RtI) model is to address deficits as soon as the interferences of learning are noticed instead of waiting for the students to fail. The Three-Tier Model incorporates flexible grouping practices to group and regroup students based on their progress, interests, and changing. Interventions are individualized plans designed to assist in meeting general education students’ academic and behavior needs. The term PST stands for Problem Solving Teams.
- Provide the ability to successfully teach all students in the regular education setting
- Identify both strengths and needs of students
- Address discipline, academic and behavioral needs for students
- Provide immediate support for teacher, parent and/or student concerns that need to be addressed in a timely manner
- Are written to specific individual needs of students and teachers
- Are interventions and strategies that can be evaluated by the level of success
- Require follow-up meetings to assist in weekly and monthly monitoring the success of the plan
- Ensure that appropriate referrals are made for special education services
A Special Education referral can be made from a parent of a child, state education agency, other state agency, or local education agency to determine if the child is a child with a disability. As a part of the referral process, information is gathered from the PST team plan, classroom environmental observation, a parent interview and the Environmental, Cultural and/or Economic Concerns checklist. The IEP Team makes the decision to accept or reject the Special Education referral.
An eligibility meeting will be held once the testing is completed as agreed upon from the referral meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to review and discuss the assessment results and any other pertinent information and to determine whether or not the child has a disability and is eligible for special education services. If the IEP team has determined the child eligible for Special Education services, another meeting is scheduled within 30 days to develop an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) to address needs for the child.