ERIC Number: ED462783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Identifying Students with Perceptual/Communicative Disabilities.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. Special Education Services Unit.; Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. State Library and Adult Education Office.
This handbook is designed for use by trained educational diagnosticians and special educators as they go about the complex task of identifying students with perceptual/communicative disabilities (PCD) and determining eligibility for special education services. Section 1 of the text discusses federal criteria for determining the existence of a special learning disability and state criteria for identification of a child with PCD. Section 2 addresses the identification of a student with a PCD. The presence of a processing difficulty impairing the students' ability to listen, think, attend, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations is discussed, as well as the determination of the effect on educational achievement. A discrepancy conversion table is provided showing IQ scores and corresponding achievement test cutoff scores, and formal evaluation instruments are described. Section 3 explores the special education eligibility process for students with PCD, including pre-referral, multidisciplinary evaluation, and reevaluation. Section 4 provides specific guidelines for identifying students with PCD from kindergarten through age 7, and Section 5 discusses special challenges that arise in the determination of eligibility for students with PCD. Appendices include evaluation instruments, checklists for informal assessments, descriptions of standardized test tools, and conversion tables. (Contains 39 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Communication Disorders, Communication Problems, Disability Identification, Early Identification, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Guidelines, Informal Assessment, Language Impairments, Perceptual Impairments, Special Education, State Regulation, Student Evaluation, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. State Library and Adult Education Office, 201 E. Colfax, Denver, CO 80203. Tel: 303-866-6600; Fax: 303-830-0793; Web site: http://www.cde.state.co.us.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. Special Education Services Unit.; Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. State Library and Adult Education Office.