How is the eligibility for special education determined?
A child is referred to the special education program team by a parent or child service agency (Early Intervention) when there is a concern about the child’s development.
Identification of an educational disability is based on results of specialized testing in one or more developmental areas. In some cases, children who are referred to the program have already been tested in the area(s) of concern. In other cases, testing is scheduled to be completed by the preschool special education team.
When the testing is completed, results are reviewed with the child’s family. The team will make a determination of the presence of an educational disability in accordance with state guidelines. Once the educational disability is agreed upon by parents, an individualized education plan (IEP) is developed outlining specialized instructions for areas of need. Enrollment in the SEED program may or may not be a part of this special education plan.