This fact sheet provides an overview of the special education evaluation process with a sample letter that can be used to request a psycho-educational evaluation
Children with disabilities are eligible for special education and related service when they meet IDEA’s (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) definition of a child with a disability. If you suspect your child may qualify for special education services, the first step in this process is to talk with your child’s teachers about your concerns. You can also request an evaluation to your child’s teacher and principal in writing. This request may also be sent to the school special education coordinator or educational diagnostician.
Fact Sheet: “Eligibility for Special Education” for more information about the evaluation process.
Online Demand Videos: The following videos are available by accessing the online Video Portal
This publication developed by the US Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights and Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, is designed to help parents, students and the charter school community better understand the rights of students with disabilities attending charter schools.
The Backpack connection series was created to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior. This resource is available on the National Center for Pyramid Model Innovations website. https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/index.html
This comparison chart outlines the different dispute resolutions available under IDEA, (Individuals with Disabilites Education Act). This resource was developed by The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution (CADRE) with support of parent leaders nationwide.
This user-friendly booklet, developed for parents and caregivers, describes the key components of IDEA, including evaluations and eligibility, parent and student rights, behavior & discipline, transition planning, and dispute resolution options.
Category: RESOLVING CONFLICTS WITH SCHOOLS/DISTRICTS, SPECIAL EDUCATION, ADVOCACY RESOURCES, STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES AGES 14-26, EDUCATION & SPECIAL EDUCATION K-12, STUDENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES AGES 14-26, STUDENTS & YOUNG ADULTS
PRESENTER: Fran Fletcher, SPARC
The foundation of conflict resolution and positive communication between families and schools is respect and self-determination. Join us as Fran Fletcher from The Special Education Partnership for the Amicable Resolution of Conflict (SPARC) discusses conflicts that may come up, communication, and resolution.
Behaviors that interfere with a child’s learning in school can be challenging for both parents and teachers. This toolkit provides information about addressing behaviors through assessment of the child and development of a positive behavior intervention or support plan. It also includes information to help you understand school disciplinary procedures for children who receive special education services.
Refer to individual school websites for each school’s “Code of Conduct” which includes disciplinary procedures for all students.
Category: EDUCATION & SPECIAL EDUCATION K-12
In 1995, the state’s school choice and charter school laws were enacted. Both are designed to give parents greater choice in determining where their child will attend school. Delaware is home to a variety of learning opportunities beyond your neighborhood school, including vocational high schools, magnet schools, themed schools, special interest programs within schools, and charter schools. This resource provides links information about school choice, charter schools and students with disabilities.
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