About Special Education
Kennedale Independent School District Refferal Process for Special Education
The classroom teacher is the usual referral source; however, other individuals including parents, physicians, or representatives of other agencies may bring the child's needs to the attention of the Special Programs Department. A referral is a submission of certain data for consideration for special services.
Who should be referred?
Children who are having any kind of problem which results in an inability to perform satisfactorily in the regular classroom may be referred. Transfer students who previously were eligible for services do not require a formal referral.
How to initiate a referral:
The referral source contacts the parent and advises the parent that they wish to refer the child for special services. The referral source then contacts the Special Programs Building Representative to receive a Referral Packet and procedural assistance.
Persons involved in data collection:
Information must be gathered from the parents, education records (counselor), nurse, and the classroom teacher. Completed forms are presented to the campus principal for approval and submission to the Special Programs Referral Committee.
Data Collected In The Referral Process:
including attendence, grades, State Assessment scores, achievement test data, and other pertinent information from the school counselor.
Information From Educational Records including attendance, grades, State Assessment scores, achievement test data, and other pertinent information from the school counselor.
Information From Parents including the results of the home language survey, pertinent information relevant to the student's sociological and cultural background, and parental observations of the student's learning style.
Information From The Classroom Teacher including documentation of previous educational efforts and strategies, current classroom levels of academic functioning, classroom behavior observations, receptive and expressive language abilities, and a clear statement of the student's present difficulties.
Information From Medical Source(s) including documentation of recent vision and hearing screenings, including reports from evalutations done by vision and/or hearing specialists as follow-up to the screening, and updated general healthy statement, documentation from relevant, recent medical evaluations identifying health or medical conditions which may be affecting the student's educational status; and
LPAC Recommendations for students of Limited English Proficiency must be included in the referral.