The Referral Process
How is a student referred for a Child Study Team Evaluation?
Students between the ages of 3 and 21 suspected of having an educational disability may be referred from a variety of sources to the Child Study Team for an evaluation. Generally the referrals come from one of the following:
1. Parents: Parents may request a Child Study Team Evaluation by contacting the Special Education Department and forwarding their request in writing. Gloucester Townships Schools only accepts written referrals from parents with signatures affixed and not through any electronic forms of communication (i.e., email or telephone).
2. The Intervention and Referral Services Team (I & RS): I & RS is a building based inter-disciplinary group that meets regularly to provide interventions for students experiencing difficulty in the general education setting. Once the I & RS has utilized its resources and determines that additional information may be necessary, or feels that the student may be potentially educationally disabled, the student may be recommended for a Child Study Team Evaluation.
3. Administrators or Outside Agencies: The Principal, other building administrators, or community agencies may refer a student for a Child Study Team Evaluation.
What is the procedure after the referral is made?
Once the referral has been made the Case Manager has twenty (20) days to schedule an Identification Meeting. The necessary personnel expected to attend this meeting would be a School Social Worker, School Psychologist, Learning Disabilities Teacher- Consultant, a general education classroom teacher, the Speech & Language Specialist (if necessary) and the parent.
Are students automatically tested if the request is made?
Once a request for a Child Study Team Evaluation has been made an Identification Meeting must be scheduled. At that meeting, it is determined if a Child Study Team Evaluation is warranted and, if so, an Evaluation Plan is developed.
What is the procedure if the student is going to be tested?
Once it is determined that testing is necessary, an Evaluation Plan is developed. The parent/guardian must give written consent for testing to occur. The district then has ninety (90) days to complete the necessary evaluations. Within the ninety (90) days, an Eligibility Conference is scheduled. During the Eligibility Conference, the evaluations are interpreted and a decision as to whether the student is eligible for special education and/or related services deternined.
If a student is eligible, does that mean he or she will be in a special education class?Before a student receives services, an Individual Education Program must be developed and agreed to. In Gloucester Township Public Schools the students eligible for special education services may receive services within general education classrooms, in-class support settings, resource classes and/or a variety of self-contained classrooms.