4. Learning Disability Over-identification

Those looking for local ways to reduce the number of learning disability placements can encourage general education classroom teachers to seek help for at-risk children without a formal referral to special education. Referrals to child study committees allow for academic appraisals and suggestions of classroom interventions. IDEA 2004 allows personnel to screen and advise outside the boundaries of special education (IDEA 2004 regulations, Education Legacy):

“The screening of a student by a teacher or specialist to determine appropriate instructional strategies for curriculum implementation shall not be considered to be an evaluation for eligibility for special education and related services. [34 CFR 300.302] [20 U.S.C. 1414(a)(1)(E)]”

For example, speech-language pathologists can screen for articulation problems, participate in child study, and recommend against needless special education referrals.

Special education directors can promote pre-referral programs in general education as simple as the use of child study. RTI and preschool programs are now easily justified to general education administrators. Eligibility groups can be informed.

This is a leadership issue.

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