Persons who suspect a child may have a disability that interferes with learning may make a referral for evaluation. Parents, teachers, social workers, licensed physicians, nurses, foster parents or other agencies may initiate the process by:
- Contacting the child's teacher
- Contacting the building principal
- Contacting the school counselor
- Contacting the Special Education Office
A REED (Review of Existing Evaluation Data) Meeting will be scheduled. The Individual Educational Planning Team members at the REED will include the parents and qualified professionals. At that meeting, existing information/evaluations as well as classroom-based information and observations will be reviewed. Based on the review, the team will identify what additional information, if any, is needed to determine whether your child has a particular category of disability, or in the case of a reevaluation, if they continue to have such a disability.
If the IEP Team determines after a REED Meeting, that additional information is needed, the parents will be asked to sign a Special Education Referral and Consent form. ALL REFERRALS MUST BE MADE IN WRITING. Once your written consent is received, the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team will conduct testing within thirty (30) school days.
Once the MET evaluations are completed, a written MET report with eligibility recommendations is presented at an IEPT meeting. Using the MET information, the IEPT determines whether or not your child is eligible for Special Education and how his/her educational needs will be met.