THE REFERRAL PROCESS
Children bring unique abilities, strengths and styles of learning to the educational setting. When a child has difficulty in school, it may be noticed by the teacher, other school personnel, the parents or the child. The purpose of the referral process is to follow through, if either the school or parents believe the child is still not progressing as he or she should be or suspect the child may have a disability.
What happens after pre-referral if concerns continue?
If, after a series of pre-referral interventions, the pre-referral team members and/or the parents believe a full evaluation may be necessary, team members or parents may request a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting to discuss the need for an evaluation. This is a formal process that must follow state and federal guidelines. If parents agree to this evaluation and sign a consent to evaluate, then the formal process begins.
However, instead of proceeding with an evaluation as the initial step, the team may recommend Response-to-Intervention (RTI) services when a learning disability is suspected.