FAQs
NotebookWho can make a referral for an evaluation under Section 504 or Special Education?
Anyone may submit a referral; the referral, however, does not automatically result in an evaluation. By law, the decision to conduct a case study under Special Education or a Section 504 Evaluation must always be a team decision. The school's team may determine that other interventions should be implemented before an evaluation is necessary.
Updated 5-10-2006 10:40 AM
NotebookWhat is the purpose of an evaluation?
The purpose of conducting a case study evaluation is to determine eligibility for special education. Under Section 504, the evaluation is used to determine whether or not a student has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity that, in turn, has an adverse effect on learning.
Updated 6-26-2006 5:31 PM
NotebookWho conducts the evaluation?
A team of district personnel, from both regular and special education, participate in the evaluations. Depending on the nature of the referral/needs of the child, this could involve any of the following: school psychologist, social worker, special education teacher, speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, nurse, physical therapist, and classroom teachers. In addition, information is gathered from parents and from outside sources offered by parents.
Updated 9-8-2011 11:50 AM
NotebookWhat are the components of the case study evaluation?
The rules of IDEA state that the team must discuss eight domains to determine the areas of need for the case study. These domains are: vision/hearing, health, social-emotional development, cognitive ability, academic achievement, communication, functional performance, and motor skills. The team defines these domains for the parents and then discusses the importance of each one regarding the student in referral. Together, the team members articulate the areas that need to be assessed. At the conclusion of the meeting, parents must give informed written consent for the evaluation to begin.
Updated 9-8-2011 11:47 AM
BooksHow is eligibility determined?
Eligibility guidelines are establsihed in each district for each of the disabilities defined under IDEA (see Definitions section), and the evaluation results must indicate that the student meets those criteria. In addition, the team must determine that this disability has an adverse effect on the student's ability to benefit from education. In this way, part of the eligibility process is objective test data, and some is more subjectively determined based on informal activities and observations.
Updated 6-26-2006 5:50 PM
BooksHow long does it take to complete the case study?
Illinois State Rules and Regulations allow sixty (60) school days for the evaluation to be completed. This includes days of the regular school year that students are in session for instructional purposes. Typically, a case study is completed in less than 60 school days, but this is not a legal requirement.
Updated 1-5-2007 11:45 AM
Desk - TeacherHow is the case study completed?
When the evaluation is complete, a team meeting is convened. This meeting is attended by the parents, teachers, an administrator, special education providers, and all personnel who participated in the evaluation. Parents will receive copies of all evaluation reports at the meeting, but may request to have the reports in advance of the meeting. If the student is found eligible for special education, an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) will be developed and a placement recommendation will be made. Parents may agree to have services start immediately, or may elect to consider all the information for a period of time before making such a decision. If a child is found not to be eligible for special education, alternative recommendations may be made.
Updated 9-8-2011 11:43 AM
Desk - TeacherCan a private evaluation be obtained?
If a student requires a case study evaluation, the District has a duty to conduct it, at no expense to the parents. If the parents choose to obtain an evaluation privately, this is done at parents' expense. Results of a private evaluation are "considered" by the District and "may" be utilized during eligibility and placement decisions. However, a private evaluation, in and of itself, cannot be used to determine eligibility, as the District must conduct an evaluation to establish educational need. In short, District 70 must be allowed the opportunity to evaluate if expected to deliver services.
Updated 6-26-2006 6:03 PM
Desk - TeacherWhen are independent evaluations done at District expense?
District 70 must be allowed to conduct its own evaluation before a parent can request an independent education evaluation (IEE). When parents disagree with the District's evaluation of their child, they may request an IEE at public expense. This request must be made within ten (10) days of the eligibility conference. The IEE can be provided in only the same areas that were evaluated by the school, and cannot be broader in scope than the District's evaluation. The District's evaluation is determined by team consensus while discussing all domains of concern (health, vision/hearing, intellectual, communication, etc.).
Updated 9-8-2011 11:49 AM