• What happens if my child is is referred for an evaluation?

A Multidiciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) Meeting is what is scheduled when a child is refered for a potential special education evaulation. This meeting has two parts.

• First- The team will meet to review current data and determine if testing is necessary. If the team decides to test parent permission will be obtained for the evaluation.
• Second- The team will meet again within 60 days to review the results of the evaluation and determine if a student qualifies for special education services.

The MET team consists of parents, general education teacher, special education teacher, and school psychologist. It may also include related service providers like Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, or Physical Therapy depending on the concerns the team has for the child.

• What to the scores mean?

Psychoeducational evaluations present test scores in a number of ways.

Bell Curve: Most scores are presented on a bell curve in the form of standard scores and percentile rankings. The term bell curve is used to describe the mathematical concept called normal distribution. A normal distribution identifies the average in a set of data and is distributed across the bell in even intervalls as data becomes less likely. Depending on the assessment given the "Average" range, or range where the largest majority of scores falls, is between 90 and 110 (or 85 and 115).

Scores my also be presented in a Relative Proficiency Index (RPI) score. An RPI is a criterion referenced score that predicts a student's level of profeciency on tasks that typical age or grade peers would perform with 90% proficiency. For example, and RIP of 55/90 on a test would indicate that on similar tasks the student would demonstrate 55% accuracy while peers would demonstrate 90% accuracy.

• What happens if my child qualifies for special education?

After reviewing all test scores, the team will determine if a student qualifies for special education services under with an eligibility under the Individuals with Disibilities Education Act (IDEA). If your child qualifies, the team will meet again develop and Individual Education Plan (IEP).

An IEP: