Special Education Evaluation Process100 Everitts Road
Ringoes, New Jersey 08551
Tel: (908) 284-7680 Fax: (908) 284-7685
A meeting is called to plan the evaluation for a student who is suspected of having a disability. The parent and the school staff at the meeting decide:
- The nature and scope of the evaluation based on concerns and data
- Which CST members and/or specialists will conduct the evaluations
The participants at this planning meeting are:
- The parent
Child Study Team (Psychologist, Learning Consultant, and Social Worker)
A regular education teacher
Related Services providers (as needed)
Within fifteen (15) calendar days of the meeting, the parent(s) are provided with:
- Written notice of the determination(s) and proposed action(s):
- The evaluation is warranted
- The student is considered identified as potentially disabled
- The nature and scope of the evaluation
- A request for written consent from the parent
- A copy of the procedural safeguards statement (SPSS)
- Copies of the special education rules (N.J.A.C 6A:14) and parent's rights
The parent must be given the opportunity to consider the proposed initial evaluation for up to fifteen (15) calendar days before providing consent. Consent may be provided sooner.
If the parent refuses to provide consent (within fifteen (15) calendar days), and the district and parent have not agreed to other action, the district shall request a due process hearing according to N.J.A.C 6A:14-2.7(b) to obtain consent.
When consent for an initial evaluation is granted, the evaluation shall be conducted without delay. The evaluation, determination of eligibility for services, and, if eligible, the development and implementation of the IEP shall be completed within ninety (90) calendar days.
NOTE: When assessments are completed, a written report of the results of each assessment will be prepared and provided to parents ten (10) calendar days prior to the eligibility meeting. Parent may agree to have meeting prior to expiration of the ten (10) day review period.
Students who have been determined eligible for special education and related services shall be reevaluated within three years from the initial classification date. The purpose of reevaluation is to determine if the student continues to meet the criteria to need special education or related services.
Reevaluation can occur sooner at the student's parents or a teacher's request.
For a complete list of the Special Education Process and Procedures, please refer to the New Jersey Special Education Code Chapter 6A:14