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Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation

Information Update Bulletin 21.01: Special Education Evaluation

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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

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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.

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Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation within an Equitable Multi-Level System of Support (MLSS)

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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.

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Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation - Why it Matters

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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."

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Addressing Bias in a Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation

Six Areas of Academic and Functional Skill

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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.

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Related Legal Citations

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Click on this section for information about key Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requirements that support the comprehensive special education framework.

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