School Age Special Education (C.S.E.)

  • Special Education means specially designed instruction, programs, and services provided to help meet the unique needs of students with disabilities, as determined by the Committee on Special Education (CSE).


    Committee on Special Education

    The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is a multidisciplinary team that is approved by the Board of Education. This committee meets after a referral has been made and a multidisciplinary evaluation has been completed to review the information and determine if a child has a disability. This committee is responsible for students who are between the ages of 5-21. The committee determines eligibility, develops and Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and places the student in the least restrictive environment. If a student is eligible for classification, this committee will meet at least once a year to review the student's programs and services. Every three years a student will undergo a re-evaluation process to ensure that the student continues to require special education services.


    Multidisciplinary Team

    The multidisciplinary team consists of the following people:

    • District representative
    • Parent(s) of the student
    • General education teacher
    • Special education teacher
    • School Psychologist
    • An individual who understands and can explain evaluation results and how the results affect instruction
    • A parent member who has a child with a disability, unless the parent requests that the parent member not be present
    • School physician, if requested by the parent
    • Any other people who have knowledge or special expertise regarding the student, as requested by the parent or the school district
    • The student, if appropriate


    It is important that the parent(s) be at the student's meetings. The parents are the key to helping this whole process be successful and we encourage you to be a part of it all. Please let us know what we can do to make sure that you are informed and a part of all that we do to help your child.


    Multidisciplinary Evaluation

    After a referral has been made, many professionals must evaluate the student to determine his/her strengths and weaknesses. The professionals include, but are not limited to: School Psychologist, School Nurse, Service Providers (Speech/Language, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, etc.), Guidance Counselors, School Administrators, and School Physician.


    Initial Evaluation

    An initial evaluation must be completed within 60 days of receiving parental consent for the evaluation. This evaluation will include:

    • A physical examination
    • An individual psychological evaluation, except when a school psychologist determines after an assessment of a school-age student, that further evaluation is unnecessary
    • A social history
    • An observation of the student in the current educational placement
    • Other appropriate assessments or evaluations



    The student must meet the qualifications for at least one of the 13 classifications established:

    • Autism
    • Deafness
    • Deaf-blindness
    • Emotional disturbance
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Learning disability
    • Intellectual disability
    • Multiple disabilities
    • Orthopedic impairment
    • Other health-impairment
    • Speech or language impairment
    • Traumatic brain injury
    • Visual impairment


    A student cannot be determined eligible for special education if:

    • There was a lack of appropriate instruction in reading
    • There was a lack of instruction in math
    • Limited English proficiency