Students who demonstrate learning, behavioral, emotional, and other needs that impede academic progress can be evaluated to determine if they are eligible for and in need of special education services. The school district psychologists are members of evaluation teams who administer psycho-educational assessments to help determine the strengths and needs of individual students. Parents, teachers and other professionals also give input to all educational decisions regarding students. Following the evaluation, all the members receive and evaluation report and are invited to participate in a meeting to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Re-Evaluation Process (for students who previously qualified for an IEP):
Depending on your child’s classification, a reevaluation is conducted on a two or three year cycle. A reevaluation is done to determine whether your child still has a disability and needs to continue receiving special education. During this process, the IEP team determines one of the two options :
1. A review of the current information already available for your child’s progress.
This includes IEPs, progress reports, report cards, attendance, behavior, and assessment data including statewide, district, and classroom assessments. This option does not include any additional testing or assessments as the team has sufficient information to identify your child’s strengths and needs in order to make recommendations for the upcoming program planning and Individual Education Plan (IEP).
2. A review of the current information AND conducting additional assessments/ evaluations to determine progress and/or to consider if there are additional educational needs or concerns which should be addressed in the upcoming program planning and Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Additional information about the re-evaluation process in Pennsylvania.