CHILD FIND, EVALUATION, & ARD PROCESS
Child Find is the affirmative, ongoing obligation of local education agencies (leas) to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities residing within their jurisdictions who need special education and related services.
Request for Evaluation
Should a student be suspected of having a disability under the idea and requiring specially designed instruction, special education referrals can be made from the care team, 504 committee, a parent request or even the ARD committee itself. It is the responsibility of the care team (rti) and 504 teams to ensure that decisions to refer a student for special education testing are made in consideration of the intervention data and other optional support and services available outside of special education.
Notice of Rights
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended in 2004, requires schools to provide parents/guardians of a child with a disability with a notice containing a full explanation of the procedural safeguards available under IDEA and its implementing regulations prior to conducting an evaluation. The notice of procedural safeguards is intended to meet this notice requirement and help parents of children with disabilities understand their rights under the idea so that they are able to fully participate in the decision-making process regarding their child's education.
New Caney ISD will obtain informed consent from the parent/guardian before performing an evaluation. Your informed consent means that: you have been given all the information related to the action for which your permission is sought in your native language or other mode of communication; you understand and agree in writing with the activity for which your permission is sought; and the written consent describes the activity and lists any records that will be released and to whom; and you understand that the granting of your consent is voluntary and may be withdrawn at any time. if you wish to revoke your consent for the continued provision of special education and related services, you must do so in writing. if you give consent and then revoke it, your revocation will not be retroactive.
When conducting the Full Initial Individual Evaluation (FIIE), New Caney ISD will use a variety of assessment tools and strategies to gather relevant functional, developmental, and academic information, including information provided by the parent, that may assist in determining:
- Whether the child is a child with a disability in need of special education services; and
- The content of the child's individualized education program (iep), including information related to enabling the child to be involved in and progress in the general education curriculum, or for the preschool child, to participate in appropriated activities.
Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) Meeting
At the conclusion of the evaluation, an Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) committee will convene consisting of the parents/guardians, educators, and administrators. the ARD committee determines whether the child meets eligibility for special education and related services. Upon determination of eligibility, an individualized education plan will be developed for the child.