Special Education Eligibility and Identification

  • Special education is a personalized learning program designed to support students with unique needs. Eligibility for special education within a school setting is determined through an evaluation process. If a child is found eligible, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is created. The IEP outlines specific goals, modifications, and accommodations to help the child access their free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Special education teachers create specially designed instruction to help the student make progress on their IEP goals and objectives. The aim is to create an environment where every child can learn and thrive, regardless of their unique learning profile. 

    The following steps outline the process for each step of the evaluation and IEP process. The information is taken directly from  OSPI  and includes links to additional information. 

  • Step 1: Referral

  • Step 2: Consent to Evaluate

  • Step 3: Initial Evaluation

  • Step 4: Initial Evaluation Report

  • Step 5: Eligibility and Consent

  • Step 6: Creating an Individualized Education Program (IEP)

  • Step 7: Special Education Begins

  • Step 8: Progress Monitoring & Annual IEP Review

  • Step 9: Reevaluation

  • Step 10: Transition

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  • Infants and Toddlers

    • Child Find referrals for children ages 0-3 years will be referred to the Infant Toddler Network at 509.324.1651. You may also call this number directly.

    Students in Private Schools

    • Any child in grades K-12 who attends a private school located within the boundaries may be referred for Child Find services. 
    • If your family is living in a temporary or transitional situation, you may contact the district where you are staying to attend a screening or initiate a child find.