Pre-Referral & Referral Process
When an academic, emotional, social or behavioral concern arises and the student’s needs cannot be met within the regular education continuum of services, the student is referred to the Multi-Tiered System of Support team (MTSS team) or the Student Assistance Program (SAP team). SAP teams may consist of any school staff member, parents, legal guardians, and students. If a parent is worried about their student’s progress, they could refer them to the MTSS team or SAP team for interventions and support.
Multidisciplinary Team Evaluation
If the appropriate pre-referral supports and services are provided with fidelity, and the student is still not demonstrating adequate progress as per research-based data, a student may be referred for multidisciplinary team evaluation. The referral process provides vital information from the pre-referral activities and interventions and leads to the formulation of questions to be addressed in the evaluation. In cases of emergency, the multidisciplinary team evaluation may occur concurrently with other interventions.
Parent permission is required for the multidisciplinary team evaluation process. When assessments are complete, an Evaluation Report (ER) is prepared. The ER guides the Multidisciplinary Team in determining the eligibility for special education services. The Charter School does not use any single measure or assessment as a sole criterion for determining whether a child is a child with a disability and for determining an appropriate educational program for the child.
If the student is determined to be eligible for special education services, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) meeting is held to determine the programming and interventions required to meet the individual student’s needs. The student’s program, outlined during the IEP meeting is specified in the written IEP that is provided to the parents. Along with the written IEP, the District sends the parent a Notice of Recommended Placement (NOREP), which must be signed by the parent and returned to the District.