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REFERRAL FOR POSSIBLE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

REFERRAL FOR POSSIBLE SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

Authorities: 34 CFR Part 300; Texas Education Code; 19 TAC Chapters 74 and 89 
 
 
 
  FEDERAL AND STATE REQUIREMENTS
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will produce and provide to the local education agencies (LEAs) a written explanation of the options and requirements for providing assistance to students who have learning difficulties or who need or may need special education.
The explanation must state that the parent is entitled at any time to request an evaluation of the student for special education services.
Each school year, each LEA must provide the written explanation to the parent of each student enrolled in the LEA by including the explanation in the student handbook or by another means.
Referral of students for an EVALUATION for possible special education services must be a part of the LEA’s overall general education referral or screening system.
The TEA does not have a performance indicator in any agency monitoring system, including the performance-based monitoring analysis system, that solely measures an LEA's aggregated numbers or percentage of enrolled students who receive special education services.
 
REFERRAL FOR INITIAL EVALUATION
Students experiencing difficulty in the general classroom should be considered for all support services available to all students, such as tutorial, remedial, compensatory, response to evidence-based intervention, and other academic or behavior support services.  A student is not required to be provided with interventions for any specific length of time prior to a referral being made or a full individual and initial evaluation (FIIE) being conducted. 
A referral for an FIIE may be initiated at any time by LEA personnel, the student's parents or legal guardian, or another person involved in the education or care of the student.
If the student continues to experience difficulty in the general education classroom with the provision of interventions, the LEA must refer the student for an FIIE.
Whenever a student is referred for an initial evaluation, the LEA must provide PRIOR WRITTEN NOTICE of its proposal or refusal to evaluate the student.
For students who are homeless or in substitute care, the LEA must also provide notice to the student's educational decision-maker and caseworker regarding requests or referrals for an evaluation under Section 504, or special education.
Before conducting an FIIE, the LEA must obtain from the parent CONSENT FOR INITIAL EVALUATION.
For a student suspected of having a specific learning disability, the LEA must refer for an initial evaluation including by providing prior written notice, and promptly request consent for initial evaluation if, prior to a referral, the student has not made adequate progress after an appropriate period of time when provided:
  • Appropriate instruction in regular education settings, delivered by qualified personnel as demonstrated by the data; and
  • Repeated assessments of achievement at reasonable intervals, reflecting formal assessment of the student's progress during instruction, which was data-based, documented, and provided to the student's parent.
The LEA must comply with the SPECIAL EDUCATION ELIGIBILITY FOLDER framework for maintaining copies of referral data. 
  Last Updated : Mon, May 16, 2022