Onteora Central School District
The Special Education Process and Understanding Special Education

We are required, by regulation and law, to ensure that every effort is made to support students through the resources available within the regular education program prior to consideration for referral for special education. We have instituted the following procedure to ensure compliance with this mandate. 

Step 1: When a student is experiencing difficulty in meeting educational expectations, the first step is a parent/teacher conference. 

Step 2: Teacher refers student to the Building Level Child Study Team to brainstorm/discuss strategies with the team to address concerns. 

Step 3: Parent conference with teacher/principal to plan and produce a written pre-referral strategies plan with agreed upon assessment and evaluation timelines.

If the student continues to experience difficulty and a disability is suspected; 

Initial Referral

Individual Evaluation
Determining Eligibility for Svcs.
Individualized Education Program
Annual Review/Re-evaluation

REFERRAL TO PUPIL PERSONNEL SERVICES DEPARTMENT
by: 
Parent
Teacher
Administrator
Physician
Other 

PARENT CONTACTED 

Parent meets with Director to complete referral packet, which includes:Referral LetterTest DescriptionsConsent for EvaluationParent HandbookDue Process Rights 

PARENT SIGNS CONSENT FOR EVALUATIONS TO BE CONDUCTED

(Committee has 60 days from signed consent to complete all the following steps)including at least:Psychological EvaluationEducational EvaluationEvaluations in all areas relating to suspected disabilityClassroom ObservationPhysical ExaminationSocial History 

CSE MEETING/RECOMMENDATIONS

Parent is notified in advance of date, time, place of meeting.Committee convenes and all evaluation information is reviewed.Committee makes a determination if criteria for eligibility has been met.Committee makes a recommendation for services (if eligible).Committee develops an Individualized Education Plan (if eligible).Recommendation is sent to Board of Education for approval. 

PARENT SIGNS CONSENT FOR SERVICE

Once consent has been received and the recommendation approved by the Board of Education, services begin (within 60 days from the CSE receipt of consent to evaluate)

ANNUAL REVIEW

CSE meets at least once annually to review the child's progress, Review IEP, make recommendations for the upcoming school year and to develop a new or revised IEP. 

REEVALUATION

Every three years the CSE convenes to review the child's progress.  Parent must give written consent for evaluation to be conducted for the purpose of determining continued eligibility for special education service.