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Pre-Referral Process

Prior to a referral for eligibility determination for special education, the student who is experiencing difficulties in the regular education program is referred to the Student Review Council (SRC) in the building. This council helps teachers to establish successful programs for students experiencing difficulties in engaging in the learning process within the regular classroom. The principal of the school is responsible for ensuring that the pre-referral process occurs and that it is documented in the student's regular education record.

In an effort to improve the Student Review Council process, the district is vested in implementing data-driven decision making through Response to Intervention (RtI). Response to Intervention is a science of decision making and a way of thinking about how educational resources are allocated (or reallocated) to best help ALL children learn. The major premium is on student outcomes. RtI is not a program, a curriculum, a specific intervention or a particular model, but a way to use data to drive decision making. Data allows us to provide faster more effective services for ALL students; work smarter not harder, better utilizing the talents, knowledge and skill bases of school personnel through school based assessment and teams. The overarching objective of data driven decision making is to make implementation simple and easy for faculty and staff so that the Student Review Council can become far more efficient and effective in guiding students toward learning and achievement.

Any in-house student referral for special education eligibility must be preceded by referral to the Student Review Council. It is hoped that in some cases early intervention by Student Review Council and guidance counselors can prevent later referral to special education. This process must occur prior to referral for eligibility determination. Any parent can refer a student for eligibility determination at any time. Again, data is essential when a parent refers a student for an eligibility determination. As a result, parents/families are asked at the outset to complete a survey helping to focus the efforts of the Special Education Team Chairperson and the Special Education Evaluation Team. When this occurs, the Special Education Team Chairperson and the Special Education Evaluation Team move forward simultaneously with their respective duties and focus their efforts on the areas of greatest parent/family concern. In this way the student has the benefit of receiving modifications and supports as recommended by the SRC, the Special Education Team Chairperson as well as the Special Education Evaluation Team while awaiting the 45-day evaluation.

Modifications recommended may include, but are not limited to modification of the curriculum, of teaching strategies, of teaching environments, of materials and of the use of support services, and/or consultative services. The pre-referral process may be as short as four weeks or as long as six weeks. All students, except preschool students, who are referred for eligibility determination, must undergo the pre-referral process.

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