What happens in the eligibility meeting?

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The eligibility team is comprised of the special education designee for the school, qualified school evaluators, a qualified special education teacher, the child’s general education teacher (or, if your child does not have a general education teacher, a general education teacher qualified to teach a child of your child's age), a person qualified to conduct diagnostic examinations of children, and the parents.     

Eligibility meetings are generally 45 to 60 minutes in length and follow this process:  

  • Meeting participants are introduced and the eligibility process is explained
  • The referral concerns are reviewed
  • Each evaluation requested is summarized (parents are offered an opportunity for an interpretive conference prior to the eligibility meeting to discuss the psychological and educational evaluation results in detail)
  • Other relevant information including parental input and private evaluation reports are reviewed
  • All disability categories are discussed for consideration
  • Eligibility criteria for specific disability categories are carefully considered and documented
  • An eligibility determination is made based on the consensus of the committee
  • Parental consent for the eligibility decision is obtained and copies of the evaluation reports and documentation of the eligibility group's decision are provided