Students must meet three criteria to receive special education services (an evaluation team report is completed by the school psychologist followed by a team meeting to review the results):
1. The determining factor for the child's poor performance is not due to a lack of appropriate instruction in reading or math or the child's limited English proficiency.
2. The child must meet Ohio’s qualifications for one or more of the 13 disabilities listed in IDEA: Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Deafness, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment.
3. The student's disability must have an adverse effect on his/her academic performance to such a degree that the student requires specially designed instruction.
If a student qualifies for specialized instruction an individual education program (IEP) will be drafted by an intervention specialist and again a team will meet, including; parents, teacher(s), an intervention specialist, an administrator and/or any other individual who will be a part of the child’s education, to determine placement and services on the IEP. The IEP will be reviewed and updated annually.