Presentation on theme: "Best Practices for Reevaluation Exceptional Children and Intervention Services Convocation August 22, 2007."— Presentation transcript:
Best Practices for Reevaluation Exceptional Children and Intervention Services Convocation August 22, 2007
Reevaluation vs. Re-testing Reevaluation is the process to consider the appropriateness of a student’s classification. This may include reviewing existing data or collecting new data or both. Re-Testing is collecting new data to consider the student’s classification.
Re-testing is expensive! Contract Psychologist’s fee School Resources Student time Parent time Teacher time Administrative time
Re-Testing Can Have Unexpected Results! Every time a student is re-tested, he/she may not meet the criteria for special services eligibility. Failing to meet eligibility requirements leads to dismissal from special services.
Required for Special Services Meet eligible disability definition Negative impact on academic performance Need for specially designed instruction MUST HAVE ALL THREE
Re-testing: Not to be avoided without cause Not to be undertaken lightly and without just cause
When should we re-test? Parental request Ask, “What do want to happen because of new data?” Most parental concerns can be addressed through the IEP. Try to encourage a new or amended IEP rather than re-testing.
When should we re-test? Confirm classification IDEA no longer requires TESTING every three years. NCDPI STRONGLY recommends that a student be re-tested at least once to confirm the classification.
When should we re-test? Request of Judge or Court order Our only response: “Yes, your Honor!”
When should we re-test? College-bound Seniors Many colleges and universities require a recent psychological evaluation in order to provide services at the college level. Try to schedule these for second semester of 12 th grade.
When should we re-test? Compelling reason to believe that the student is ready to leave special services. Student is mainstreamed with minimal special support. Student is making “As” and “Bs.” Student is making “4s” on the EOC/EOGs.
What this means for your students? Most students will be tested & re- tested in elementary school and/or in middle school (depending on original placement).
What this means for your students? If the scores at initial and re-test are similar, then further re-testing may not be necessary. If scores are not similar or support different classifications, then further re-testing may be warranted at the student’s next anniversary.
What this means for your students? Developmentally Delayed (DD) students usually have no compelling reason to retest until the second semester of 2 nd grade.