Exits at 3-Year Reevaluation

For SLPs the three-year reevaluation under IDEA 2004 should be a landmark for evaluating for dismissal. The same can be said for learning disabled children. However, IDEA weakens school responsibility to take a hard look at progress and disability status. Parents can waive their rights to the reevaulation of their children, and they often do. Waiving reevaulation is portrayed as a time saver.

Every year a non-disabled child is kept in special education he or she is “re-misidentfied.” In the understanding of special education overidentification, this fact is lost on policy makers.

When SLI status co-occurs with SLD status, there is a tendency to drag SLI along from year to year as an add-on service. Curtailing reevaluations cuts down on time for IEP teams to reflect on the total welfare of the individual child.

Schools should advertise a goal of exiting many children by the end of three years. If they can’t do it, they should re-evaluate.

Here is the regulation (IDEA Legacy):

“A reevaluation conducted under 34 CFR 300.303(a):

…Must occur at least once every 3 years, unless the parent and the public agency agree that a reevaluation is unnecessary.”

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