Video Playlist for Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation
This video playlist of recorded professional development webinars provide additional information related to comprehensive special education evaluation and are based on the resources found on this web page.
Information Update Bulletin 21.01: Special Education Evaluation
Click on the bulletin to learn about general obligations related to conducting evaluations, the relationship between evaluations and IEP goals, and how an evaluation should function within an equitable multilevel system of support.
A Framework for Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation
Click on this section to identify the key points that make up a comprehensive special education evaluation, learn why the framework was developed, and use a chart that takes IEP teams through the process of conducting a comprehensive special education evaluation.
Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation within an Equitable Multi-Level System of Support (MLSS)
Click on this section for information to assist IEP teams in understanding how special education evaluations fit within a district’s equitable multi-level system of support and to identify the general exclusions that IEP teams must consider before determining special education eligibility.
Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation - Why it Matters
Click on this section for guiding questions that may assist IEP teams with developing a “needs” based mindset in which educators focus on identifying a student’s needs over a sole focus on collecting information to determine a disability “label."
Addressing Bias in a Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation
Click on the links for a set of resources developed to assist IEP teams apply non-discriminatory evaluation procedures, reduce racial disproportionality in special education, and address various types of bias at vulnerable decision points during an evaluation.
- Using Vulnerable Decision Points to Address Bias in the Evaluation Process
- Vulnerable Decision Point 1: Forming IEP Team Communication Norms
- Vulnerable Decision Point 2:
Identifying Potential Areas of Strength and Need at the Start of an Evaluation during Referral and Review of Existing Data
Vulnerable Decision Point 3: Collecting Additional Information
- Vulnerable Decision Point 4: Interpreting Data and Information
- Supplemental Resources
Six Areas of Academic and Functional Skill
Click on this section for information to assist IEP teams with identifying academic and functional skill areas that should be considered during the review of existing data to help plan a comprehensive special education evaluation to ensure that nothing is missed in relation to a student’s strengths and needs.
Related Legal Citations
Click on this section for information about key Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requirements that support the comprehensive special education framework.