The CSE is authorized to identify students in need of services by determining eligibility, developing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), placing the student in the least restrictive environment in which they can succeed and provide appropriate services to meet the child's educational needs.
This committee is a multidisciplinary
team that is approved by the Board of Education and consists of the following people/staff:
- District representative
- Regular education teacher of the student whenever
the student is or may be participating in the regular education
- Special education teacher, or if appropriate, special
education provider of the student
- School Psychologist
- An individual who understands and can explain
evaluation results and how the results affect instruction
- A parent member who has a child with a
disability, if the parent requests that the parent member be present
- School physician, if requested by the parent
- Any other people who have knowledge or special
expertise regarding the student, as requested by the parent or the school
- The student, if appropriate
- Parent(s) of the student
** Parents are encouraged to participate in each step of the process and it is
important that the parent(s) be at the student's meetings. The parents
are the key to helping this whole process be successful and we encourage you to
be a part of it all.
The Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is a legal
document. The components are mandated by Federal and State law. Included in the
document are demographic information; attendees at meetings; the student's
strengths, weaknesses, and needs; services; goals and objectives; program
modifications; testing accommodations; standardized test scores; participation
in general education, etc. The plan is created at the CSE meeting.
Students who qualify for special education services will be classified under the at least one of the 13 classifications
- Autism Deafness
- Deaf-blindness Emotional disturbance
- Hearing Impairment Learning disability
- Intellectual disability Multiple disabilities
- Orthopedic impairment Other health-impairment
- Speech or language impairment Traumatic brain injury
- Visual impairment
Annual Review/Program Review
needs are unique, and every child's rate of progress differs. The CSE reviews
the progress of all classified children annually to assure that their programs
remain appropriate, make necessary modifications, and discuss the student's progress for the past year and to make plans for the coming year.
Educators are required to submit written reports with both information and data. Summer is part of the next school year. It is at this time that Extended School Year (ESY) services are discussed and possibly added to the IEP.
Changes in services
can be considered at any time during the school year. Should the need arise,
you, your child's teacher or service provider, may request a CSE meeting at any
time to review the appropriateness of special education services.
3 years students who receive special education services are reevaluated to
determine individual needs and continuing eligibility for special education
reevaluation does not necessarily require that your child be retested. In some
cases, current educational information, teacher conferences, parent
conferences, observations and a review of records provides the required
information needed for the CSE to recommend services. You will be notified in
writing when your child is scheduled to be reevaluated and you will be
requested to give your written consent.