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At a Glance: Who’s on the Evaluation Team at Your Child’s School

By Amanda Morin

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Is your child being evaluated for special education services? Here’s a glance at who might be on the evaluation team and their role.

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At a Glance: Who’s on the Evaluation Team at Your Child’s School

If your child is getting evaluated, here’s a look at who could be part of his team. Keep in mind that not every child’s evaluation team is the same.

Administrator
This can be the principal or the IEP coordinator. The administrator runs meetings. She knows what resources (including teachers, technology and training) are available. It’s her role to get the evaluation process rolling.

General Education Teacher
The general education teacher shares information about how things are going for your child in the classroom. He tries out new approaches as needed. Then he reports on what’s working and what’s not.

Special Education Teacher
The special education teacher observes your child in the general education classroom. She can do some testing. She works with the general education teacher to provide instruction. And she also shares information on teaching techniques that could work for your child.

Parents
It’s your role to provide information about how your child is doing at home. You can share concerns and successes. You participate in reviewing test results and help to create a special education plan.

School Psychologist
The school psychologist completes a full assessment of your child to determine eligibility for special education. She interprets results for the team and helps set up a plan that works for your child. She also provides support for teachers as needed.

Specialist
Specialists evaluate areas such as speech/language, motor and everyday functional skills. These specialists can include speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, mental health professionals, vision and mobility specialists and more.
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Graphic of At a glance Who's on the evaluation team at your child's school

About the Author

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Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Reviewed by Kylah Torre May 28, 2014 May 28, 2014

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