ERIC Number: ED460545
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Knowing When To Suggest an Assessment for Special Education.
Horton, Janet Little
Inquiry & Analysis, Jan 1999
This issue provides some general guidelines for lawyers to follow in advising a school district to consider referral of a student for special education assessment. It provides information on the evaluation and eligibility requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, case law addressing child find activities, and criteria for referring students for special education assessment. Factors to consider when referring a child for assessment include: (1) parental communications to school personnel; (2) the student's performance in school; (3) teacher observations; (4) misbehavior that does not improve for a significant period of time; (5) chronic truancy; and (6) failing grades. The responsibility of public schools to refer and assess children in private schools is reviewed, along with relevant case law. (CR)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Disabilities, Disability Identification, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, Referral, School Responsibility, Special Education, Student Evaluation
NSBA Council of School Attorneys, 1680 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314 ($80 for 6 issues). Tel: 703-838-6722; Web site: http://www.nsba.org/cosa/.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA. Council of School Attorneys.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act