What happens at the first Child Study Team meeting?
An initial referral meeting is scheduled where the classroom teacher and parents review and discuss their concerns. At this meeting it is decided if a formal assessment is necessary to determine the need for special education services or if other interventions are needed. If the decision is made for a formal educational assessment, then the Child Study Team decides which areas need to be assessed and who will conduct the assessments. For this assessment to take place, the parent/guardian must give written permission. The Child Study Team has 30 school days to complete the assessment process.
What happens after the assessment?
The Child Study Team will schedule a meeting to review assessment results to determine if the student meets Federal and State criteria for special education services. Members of the assessment team will share the results verbally and in a written report with the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) and classroom teacher. Information gathered during the assessment will be used by the team to make recommendations for enhancing the student's success in the classroom.
What if my child qualifies for special education?
Parent(s)/guardian(s), classroom teacher, special education staff, and the principal (or administrative designee) will meet to write an Individual Education Program (IEP). An IEP details the goals and objectives that will be used to meet the child's needs. Parent/guardian permission is necessary to initiate special education services.