Committee on Special Education (CSE)

Referral Process:

Step 1: Referral Support for Students

Many students struggle at various times during their years in school. All buildings have many supports including an MTSS/or RTI Team. These teams will meet to coordinate building level supports and interventions to help support students that are struggling with specific areas. It is important that students go through the MTSS process prior to a referral to the CSE as it gives students the opportunity to learn and access their grade level curriculum in the least restrictive environment.

Step 2: Initial Referral for Special Education Services

Students suspected of having a disability are referred to a multidisciplinary team called the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE).

Step 3: Individual Evaluation Process

The Committee evaluates the student’s abilities and needs.

Step 4: Determining Eligibility for Special Education Services

Based on evaluation results, the Committee decides if the student is eligible to receive special education services and programs.

Step 5: Individualized Education Program (IEP)

If the child is eligible to receive special education services, the Committee develops and implements an appropriate IEP, based on evaluation results, to meet the needs of the student.

Step 6: Annual Review/Reevaluation

The IEP is updated, reviewed, and/ or revised by the Committee at an annual review. At least every three years, the student has a reevaluation to ensure that the student continues to need special education programs and services and to revise the IEP, as appropriate.