3. Learning Disability Over-identification

IDEA 2004 regulations set a timeline for evaluating pupils referred for learning problems (IDEA 2004 regulations, Education Legacy).

“The initial evaluation: Must be conducted within 60 days of receiving parental consent for the evaluation or, if the State establishes a timeframe within which the evaluation must be conducted, within that timeframe; and

Must consist of procedures to determine if the child is a child with a disability under 34 CFR 300.8 and to determine the educational needs of the child. [34 CFR 300.301(c)] [20 U.S.C. 1414(a)(1)(C)]”

The time line in many school districts creates a rush to comply and a tendency to place at-risk children as a learning disabled pupils. Eligibility group members must reflect on the long term implications of rushing to judgment:

“…students who are placed in special education have a higher likelihood of obtaining a certificate instead of a diploma. They also experience lower levels of achievement, high drop-out rates, low wages, increased teenage pregnancy, and social isolation” (Emstac).

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