Evaluations for a school-age child include a psychological report, social history, educational and related services evaluations, classroom observations, report cards and transcripts. Parents will receive a copy of the evaluation reports.
Individualized Education Progam (IEP):
The IEP is a written education plan for a pre-school or school-age child classified for special education by the CPSE or CSE. It should be designed to meet each child’s unique needs. It is a legal document that summarizes the student’s strengths and needs, the results of the student’s evaluations, and describes the programs, services, modifications and accommodations that the student will receive during the school year. It will also list goals that the student should be working towards. The student’s parents will receive Progress Notes indicating their child’s progress towards meeting those goals at each marking period.
The IEP is reviewed at least once a year, called an annual review, to determine continued eligibility, the student’s progress, and which programs, services, accommodations, and modifications should be in place for the upcoming school year. If you feel that the IEP does not meet your child’s needs and that a change is needed, you should contact the CPSE or CSE Chairperson to request an IEP review meeting any time during the year. Children with an IEP will be re-evaluated every 3 years with a full battery of tests.
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE):
The LRE means that placement of students with disabilities in special classes, separate schools, or other removal from the regular educational environment only occurs when, due to the nature or severity of a child’s disability, education cannot be achieved even with the use of supplementary aides or services.
They are volunteers approved by the Board of Education to sit in on CPSE/CSE meetings. Their role is to help answer the many questions that might arise throughout the evaluation and IEP review process. Parent Members are not advocates for the parents or the school district. Parent Members attend a training seminar and must have a child in the district or neighboring district who is currently classified for special education or a child who was classified within the last 5 years.
Social Skills in our Schools Program (SOS):
SOS is a social skills program that uses a peer mentor model to support students’ social integration into the Blind Brook Community.