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La Canada USD |  BP  6164.4  Instruction

Identification Of Individuals For Special Education   

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The Governing Board recognizes the need to actively seek out and evaluate district residents from birth to age 21 who have disabilities in order to provide them with appropriate educational opportunities in accordance with state and federal law.

(cf. 0430 - Comprehensive Local Plan for Special Education)

(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education under Section 504)

The Superintendent or designee shall establish a means whereby parents/guardians, teachers and others may request screening for any child they believe to have a disability that significantly interferes with his/her learning. The Superintendent or designee shall identify screening processes to determine when an individual's academic, behavioral or other difficulties may be related to disabilities and shall establish systematic procedures for special education program identification, screening, referral, assessment, planning, implementation, review and triennial assessment.

The Superintendent or designee shall develop a method to ensure that all eligible individuals residing within the district are currently receiving needed special education and related services. In addition, the Superintendent or designee shall consult with appropriate representatives of private school students with disabilities on how to identify, locate and evaluate these students. (20 USC 1412(a)(3); 34 CFR 300.451)

For assessment purposes, staff shall use appropriate tests to identify specific information about the student's abilities in skill areas. In addition, staff shall use multiple measures, including direct observation, to study the effect of interventions or modifications to the regular instructional program. Staff also may consider the student's personal history, development and adaptive behavior.

The Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/guardians in writing of their rights related to identification, referral, assessment, instructional planning, implementation and review, including the district's procedures for initiating a referral for assessment to identify individuals who need special education services.

(cf. 1312.3 - Uniform Complaint Procedures)

(cf. 3541.2 - Transportation for Students with Disabilities)

(cf. 4112.23 - Special Education Staff)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Students with Disabilities))

(cf. 5145.6 - Notifications Required by Law)

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program (IEP))

(cf. 6159.1 - Procedural Safeguards and Complaints for Special Education)

(cf. 6159.2 - Nonpublic Nonsectarian School and Agency Services for Special Education)

(cf. 6159.3 - Appointment of Surrogate Parent for Special Education Students)

(cf. 6162.5 - Standardized Testing)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

44265.5 Professional preparation for teachers of impaired students

56000-56885 Special education programs, especially:

56026 Individuals with disabilities

56170-56177 Children in private schools

56195.8 Adoption of policies

56300-56304 Identification of individuals with disabilities

56320-56330 Assessment

56340-56347 Instructional planning and individualized education program

56381 Reassessment of students

56425-56435 Early education for individuals with disabilities

56441.11 Eligibility criteria, children 3 to 5 years old

56445 Transition to grade school; reassessment

56500-56508 Procedural safeguards

GOVERNMENT CODE

95000-95029 California Early Intervention Services Act

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

3021-3029 Identification, referral and assessment

3030-3031 Eligibility criteria

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1232g Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

1412 State eligibility

1415 Procedural safeguards

CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS, TITLE 34

104.35 Evaluation and placement

104.36 Procedural safeguards

300.1-300.756 Assistance to states for the education of students with disabilities

COURT DECISIONS

Agostini v. Felton, (1997) 521 U.S. 203, 117 S.Ct. 1997

Management Resources:

FEDERAL REGISTER

34 CFR 300.a Appendix A to Part 300 - Questions and Answers

34 CFR 300a1 Attachment 1: Analysis of Comments and Changes

WEB SITES

CDE: http://www.cde.ca.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs: http://www.ed.gov/offices/OSERS/OSEP

Policy LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Adopted: July 15, 2003 La Canada Flintridge, California