All evaluations consist of a social history interview, an educational, a psychological (if necessary), and medical evaluations. As the evaluators begin to learn about the child, other evaluations may be recommended. These include, but are not limited to: Speech and Language; Occupational Therapy; Physical Therapy; Audiological; Augmentative Communication; Assistive Technology; etc. The test and the evaluation are matched to the child’s needs. All evaluations are provided at no cost to the family unless they choose to use a private evaluator.
Each evaluator is required to write a report describing the evaluation tools and the child’s strengths and needs in that area. Many of the reports include a comparison of where the child is compared to his/her peers. Scores are reported in a number of ways-standard scores (SS), age/grade equivalent (A.E., G.E.), and percentiles (%ile). Explanations are provided for the terms as they apply to the specific evaluation.
Prior to the Committee on Special Education (CSE) meeting, the evaluators share their findings and the results of the evaluations with the parents/guardians. The information may be provided through a conference, telephone conference, or copy of the report. All questions regarding the testing should be posed to the evaluator at this time. Unresolved issues will be discussed at the CSE meeting. Evaluators will not be making recommendations of services at this time. Recommendations for services are made by the Committee on Special Education (CSE).