ERIC Number: ED389965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan-30
Screening for Special Diagnoses. ERIC Digest.
de La Paz, Susan; Graham, Steve
The "Education for All Handicapped Children Act" (1975) requires that all children with disabilities receive a free and appropriate public education. Determining who has a disability and who is eligible for special services, however, is not an exact science. While practices differ greatly both across and within states, screening is an important part of the assessment process. School-based screening as well as problems and solutions for school screening, are discussed. Screening procedures are an important part of the assessment process to identify children and youth who have disabilities. Such procedures must be used with care, however, as they provide only a preliminary sign that a child has a disability. Additional testing is required to affirm or disprove the presence of a handicapping condition. If a disability is identified during follow-up assessment, the focus shifts to providing the student with appropriate education. (JBJ)
Descriptors: Child Development, Developmental Disabilities, Diagnostic Tests, Disability Identification, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Needs, Holistic Evaluation, Mental Health Workers, Prereferral Intervention, Screening Tests, Special Needs Students, Student Evaluation
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Counseling and Student Services, Greensboro, NC.