What if your child has already been identified as a student with a disability?

  • What if Your Child Has Already Been Identified as a Student with a Disability?
    After your child has received special education services, a CSE meeting is held annually to review your child’s progress. This is called an Annual Review.
    Additionally, he or she may be referred for what is called a “reevaluation.” With your input, the CSE will review current data about your child and determine if new evaluations should be conducted.
    The district can request a reevaluation if it determines that the educational or related services need to be reassessed. A reevaluation can be requested by you or school staff but may not be conducted more than one time a year unless you and the district agree otherwise in writing.
    A reevaluation must be completed once every three years, unless you and the school district agree in writing that it is not necessary. This is called a “mandated three-year reevaluation” (formerly called a “triennial”). Once the evaluation is completed, all written reports will be shared with you. The reports include your child’s strengths and weaknesses and the supports your child may need in school.
    If the CSE determines that new evaluations are needed as part of a reevaluation, you will be asked to provide consent to conduct new tests or assessments. Consent to evaluation means you are giving your permission to proceed with an evaluation to determine continued eligibility.

    If this is a reevaluation and the district does not receive a response from you, district staff may proceed with the evaluation after documented attempts to contact you.
    In most circumstances, the time frame for completing all necessary assessments and convening Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting is 60 calendar days from the receipt of your permission to initially evaluate your child.
    Once your child’s evaluation is completed, you will attend a meeting to discuss your child’s eligibility for special education services and, as needed, develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for him or her.  Other attendees at this meeting include teachers and other professionals who know your child or have participated in the evaluations, or will likely be providing services to your child.