How to Have a Student Referred and the Identification Process
Many students have already been identified or are in the process of being identified and tested by the time they reach middle school. Usually, they have been through some sort of identification process and an IP or an IEP has been written. This is a document that has been constructed to assist a student after gaining insight into a subject’s intelligence, strengths, needs, health and behavior. It is a working document that can change as needed and helps predict as much as reasonably possible, success in school. If you are concerned about a student’s educational performance, or behavior and would like to have them referred, the process usually looks something like this:
I. Gathering the Information: collecting evidence about student performance
- Check student files from previous grades
- Previous report cards
- Ask questions or for insight from key persons such as parents, principals and teachers
- Review assessments and tests
- Ask recourse teacher to perform test
- Record classroom observations
- Gather student work samples
II. Setting the Direction: setting up a meeting with resource team
The resource team including classroom teachers and resource assistants will meet and make a “picture” of the student’s strengths and needs.
- An IP may be produced and then implemented for a student
- Further investigation and testing may be required
III. Developing an IEP: if further investigation is needed, the team will continue with developing an IEP listing specific accommodations or modifications in a student’s educational programming.
- List a student’s strengths and needs
- Establish learning and or behavioral goals (targets) and what is expected of the student (what the students will do), based on subject standards and/or curriculum
- Choose strategies and resources needed
- Monitor results and continue to review and change goals as student grows
IV. Implementing the IP or IEP
- The classroom teacher, Special Education teacher and any educational assistant working with the student will use practical application of the IP or IEP, and continue to communicate student needs and progress.
V. Reviewing and Updating:
- After assessment period, continue to review IP or IEP and ensure it still reflects student’s needs, that it is still effective, and that there is evidence of student progress.