A Multi-disciplinary evaluation (MDE) consists of information provided by parents and school personnel, classroom observations, a review of records from school or outside agencies or providers, and assessments by specialists when appropriate (e.g. school psychologist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech and language therapist, behavior specialist, consulting psychiatrist). The results are summarized in an Evaluation Report (ER) which discusses eligibility, need, and recommendations for specially designed instruction and related services. The report must be completed in 60 school days. An initial evaluation cannot begin without written parent consent.
Individualized Education Program
If the student is found to be eligible and in need of specially designed instructional strategies through the evaluation process, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting is held with team members (parents, school personnel, specialists) to develop the Individual Education Plan. The IEP team determines the instructional program, goals, objectives, related services, supports for school personnel, and specially designed instruction to meet the needs of the student. The team must convene in no less than 10 school days and no more than 20 school days from the date of the ER. Parents can opt to meet as soon as they wish after receipt of the ER by signing a waiver with the district.
Annual IEP Meetings
IEP meetings are held at least annually. This means that the team reconvenes to review the progress of the student on the IEP goals and objectives and makes necessary revisions. The Re-Evaluation process is tri-annual, except for students with intellectual disability, in which case it is bi-annual. A parent can request that an IEP be re-opened at any point during the life of the IEP if they feel changes are warranted. A parent can request a Re-Evaluation at any point in the 2 or 3 year cycle if they feel additional testing is necessary.
Notice of Recommended Educational Placement
Once the initial IEP has been developed in cooperation with the parents, a Notice of Recommended Educational Placement (NOREP) is presented to the parents for their signature. If the parent approves the NOREP, the child will begin to receive Special Education Services.