As a parent, if you believe your child is having difficulties in the school setting, it is important to arrange a conference with principal, classroom teacher, school psychologist, or counselor. Response to Intervention (RTI) is a key component of IDEA. The parent and building specialists should plan a course of action that will provide additional building level support services. These can include, but are not limited to support by the reading or learning specialist teacher, speech and language services, program modifications, etc.
If, after multiple interventions, the RTI Team in a building or a parent feels a referral to the CSE is warranted then that request is made in writing to the Interim Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Education, Deborah Dormady.
The CSE is a multidisciplinary team established by law and regulations, for students’ ages 5 to 21. The CSE is responsible for meeting formally to discuss the referral and evaluation of your child. The CSE reviews the evaluations, the recommendations and the services and the programs appropriate for the child. If the Committee determines that your child is eligible for special education services, it will formulate the IEP (Individualized Education Program).
The Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) is responsible for identifying preschool students (ages 3-4) with disabilities and arranging for the delivery of special education services to eligible students. A preschool student with a disability is one who, as determined by an individual evaluation, exhibits a significant delay or disorder in one or more functional areas related to cognitive, language and communication, adaptive, social-emotional, or motor development which adversely affects the student’s ability to learn. A broad range of related services and special education programs are available to meet the educational needs of preschool students with disabilities. Preschool students with disabilities are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.