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LEAs are required to develop and implement procedures to ensure that all children within

their jurisdiction birth through 21 regardless of the severity of their disability, and who

need special education and related services are located, identified, and evaluated.

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Yes, you may also use this funding source for professional development for teachers and

other school staff to enable such personnel to deliver services.

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Letters from a doctor are valuable information but the doctor does not determine eligibility

for special education services. Public agencies must conduct the required evaluations in

the Alabama Administrative Code (AAC) and the child must meet the criteria in the AAC

to be eligible for special education services. Doctors make medical diagnosis. A medical

diagnosis alone does not automatically constitute eligibility for special education services.

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No, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team may choose whether to evaluate or

not based on the information included in the referral.

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Yes. Special Education Services (SES) encourages implementation of intervention

strategies in the general education program during the evaluation process when a parent

requests an evaluation

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Yes. The guidance from SES since 2001 has been that the two processes occur

simultaneously.

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Yes, the IEP Team or Eligibility Committee may use the observation that was conducted

prior to the referral if the observation was conducted during routine classroom instruction

and monitoring of the child’s performance, and if the IEP Team or Eligibility Committee

(which ever determines eligibility) decides to use that one as the required observation.

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Yes, if the observation meets the specific criteria in the AAC for the suspected area(s) of

disability.

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Yes. It is a required evaluation as of July 19, 2007.

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The public agency has 60 calendar days from the date the public agency receives a parent’s

signed consent to conduct and complete an initial evaluation.

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No. The aforementioned circumstances are not justification for failing to meet the 60-day timeline.

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The vision or hearing problem must be corrected prior to proceeding with evaluations that

rely on visual or auditory acuity.

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Yes. The public agency may also call upon nonprofit organizations that may help a student

in need of eyewear.

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The public agency, if the parent does not agree to assist.

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Only vision and hearing screening results may be used for eligibility purposes. Other

screenings may be reported as information on the eligibility report, but are not considered

an evaluation for eligibility for special education and related services. Bottom line: a

screening test cannot take the place of a required evaluation.

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If the student is in Grades K-12, an observation in a structured (academic) environment and

an observation in an unstructured (nonacademic) environment are required. If the student

is a preschooler, an observation in a natural setting is required.

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Yes.

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Authors of behavior rating scales often use different terminology to report their findings.

Therefore, the terms Total and Composite in the AAC can best be understood in general

terms. Total means the overall score of all items on a rating scale. Some authors use

various terms to indicate the overall score (e.g., Index, Quotient or sometimes Composite).

A composite score generally refers to two or more subtest or subscale scores. However, on

some rating scales what is termed a subscale may actually be considered a composite on

another scale if it is independent or a stand-alone scale. On other rating scales a cluster of

subscales may constitute a composite in the loose sense of the word. In all cases, consult

the author’s manual to determine the appropriate use of the Total, Composite and/or

Subscale scores. Be prepared to justify the scores used to make the decision on the

eligibility report and/or in a Due Process Hearing (DPH).

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No. MD means concomitant impairments (such as mental retardation-blindness or mental

retardation-orthopedic impairment), the combination of which causes such severe

educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in special education programs solely

for one of the impairments. MD does not include deaf-blindness.

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No, the list is not all inclusive. The Federal Regulations added Tourette’s Syndrome to the

list of conditions under OHI, therefore, it is included in the AAC.

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No, but at least one must be conducted or collected and documented on the eligibility

report.

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No, not unless the IEP Team determines one is needed. If the IEP Team determines that a

medical evaluation is necessary, the public agency must pay for the evaluation.

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Yes.

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No. A separate Adaptive Behavior Rating Scale must be used.

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If there is no documentation of appropriate instruction in reading and math, the

documentation must be collected during the evaluation process (a minimum of 8 weeks).

The requirement is not waived for home-schooled students.

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An eligibility determination for a child suspected of having SLD, must be made by the

student's parent and a group of qualified professionals (Eligibility Committee) or an IEP

Team, that must include the student's regular teacher; or if the student does not have a

regular teacher, a regular classroom teacher qualified to teach a student of his or her age; or

for a child of less than school age, an individual qualified by the State Education Agency

(SEA) to teach a child of his or her age; and at least one person qualified to conduct

individual diagnostic examinations of children, such as a school psychologist, speechlanguage

pathologist, or remedial reading teacher.

In the commentary to the Federal Regulations, OSEP went on to say, "We believe this

allows decisions about the specific qualifications of the members to be made at the local

level, so that the composition of the group may vary depending on the nature of the child's

suspected disability, the expertise of local staff, and other relevant factors. For example,

for a child suspected of having a SLD in the area of reading, it might be appropriate for the

group to include a reading specialist as part of the eligibility group. However, for a child

suspected of having a SLD in the area of listening comprehension, it might be appropriate

for the group to include a speech-language pathologist with expertise in auditory

processing disorders. The federal regulations regarding the additional team members for

suspected SLD,” provides flexibility for schools and districts, and ensures that the group

includes individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to interpret the evaluation

data and make an informed determination as to whether the child is a child with an SLD,

and the educational needs of the child.” The LEA is responsible for deciding and ensuring

that the required composition is used when making the decision.

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A better way for us to have stated the requirements might have been "A summary of each

required evaluation must be included on the eligibility report." The intent is to have a brief

summary of each required item to show adverse affect on educational performance.

For example:

GFTA-2 - 40 errors, characterized by initial substitutions and final

consonant deletions

Stimulability - Stimulable for all error sounds in isolation not

stimulable at the word or sentence level

Intelligibility - Conversational speech is reduced to approximately 50%

intelligibility level due to the frequency and consistency

of the error patterns

Oral structure examination - Tremors noted during tongue protrusion; other structures

WNL

Teacher/Caregiver checklist - Classroom teacher indicated that speech is more difficult

to understand than peers; child does not like to read

aloud in class

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If an IQ test is a required evaluation you may have to ask for mediation and/or a due

process hearing (DPH) to override the parent’s refusal.

If an IQ test is not a required evaluation, the IEP Team may determine that an IQ test is not

really necessary in order to determine eligibility.

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The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) states that the lack of appropriate

instruction in math and/or reading, including the essential components of reading

instruction or limited English proficiency cannot be the determining factor in the eligibility

decision. We added the statement to remind the IEP Team or Eligibility Committee to

include data on the eligibility report that documents the information used to rule out the

lack of appropriate instruction. That information is now documented as Prong 1 and Prong

2 to meet the special rule required in the AAC.

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No. SES does not require the completion of a referral form; however, a public agency may

choose to require that it be completed. If the IEP Team decides that additional data are

needed, parental consent is obtained and additional data are gathered. The public agency

completes the Notice and Consent for Initial Evaluation in SETSWeb by checking “to

determine eligibility under AAC for out-of-state transfer” as the reason for the evaluation.

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