EVALUATIONDenton ISD conducts a full individual evaluation (FIE) on any student suspected of having a disability that adversely affects his educational performance. Parental consent is always obtained before an FIE is conducted. Parents have the right to refuse an evaluation.
When an evaluation is requested, the student is evaluated in all areas of suspected disability including, if appropriate, health, vision, hearing, social and emotional status, general intelligence, academic performance, communication skills, and motor abilities.
Professionals conducting the evaluation may include educations diagnosticians, licensed specialists in school psychology, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and teachers. Members of the team will be chosen based on the areas of suspected disability. Parental information is always used in the FIE.
Both formal and informal evaluation instruments will be used. Formal instruments may include standardized intelligence and achievement testing. Informal testing includes observations, teacher-made tests, and rating scales.
After completing the evaluation, the multi-disciplinary team writes a report and shares it with the parents. An individualized educational planning (IEP) meeting will be held at the school. Recommendations from the FIE will be reviewed with parents and school personnel.
For initial referrals to special education, the school has 45 school days to complete the evaluation and report (special rules apply at the end of the year). The IEP meeting will be held within 30 days after the report is completed.