The special education process is driven by federal laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 and the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Both IDEA 2004 and NCLB underscore the importance of providing high quality, scientifically-based interventions, and the requirement to hold schools accountable for the progress and success of all students. Please contact your child’s school to initiate the evaluation process.
The purpose of the Multidisciplinary Evaluation is to determine the educational impact of the disability on the student’s involvement and progress in the general education curriculum, and to the extent which the student requires special education and/or educational adaptations.
The Multidisciplinary Evaluation must be performed by a team of a minimum of two (2) persons who are responsible for evaluating a student suspected of having a disability. The team shall include at least one (1) special education teacher or other specialist who has knowledge of the disability. A multidisciplinary evaluation is conducted to gather information sufficient to permit the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) to:
· Identify the child’s strengths
· Identify the child’s deficits/levels;
· Identify the child’s disability/ies;
· Recommend whether the child is eligible for special education and/or related services; and
· Recommend whether the child continues to be eligible for special education and/or related services.