What is the process for an initial special education evaluation?

If you suspect your child has a disability, please contact your building Instructional Evaluation Specialist or School Psychologist as you will work with them throughout the entire 120 day process.  Below will give you an idea of the process:

  • Parent completes “A Request for Consideration for a Special Education Evaluation” form.
  • You will receive a copy of the Procedural Safeguards and Parents’ Bill of Rights.
  • Within 30 days, the district will complete a record review and notify you if a disability is suspected.  If one is suspected, a “Review of Existing Data” will be reviewed with you and an evaluation plan developed with your input and consent.  If a disability is not suspected, the process will conclude.
  • The district has 60 days to complete the evaluation.  Please note, this may be extended due to school breaks or student absences.
  • Within 60 days, the district will invite you to participate in an eligibility determination and decide whether the assessment results meet Missouri criteria for special education.
  • If the child meets eligibility criteria, an IEP will be developed within 30 days. If criteria is not met, the process will conclude.
  • Once an IEP is presented, the parent will must provide consent before services can begin.

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