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FULL INDIVIDUAL AND INITIAL EVALUATION (FIE)

 

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All children with disabilities in Texas, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, must be identified, located, and evaluated.  This is called “Child Find”. 

A Full Individual and Initial Evaluation (FIE) is a collection of information about your child’s special learning needs, strengths, interests and challenges.  It will tell you and the school if your child has a disability.  It will also tell you about the special services your child may need to do better in school.

The evaluation will determine if your child:

  • Has a disability, and
  • As a result of the disability, your child needs special education services or related services to benefit from education. 

There is a formal process that you must follow regarding evaluations. 

 

BEFORE EVALUATION:

 

EVALUATION PROCEDURES (FIE)

 

AFTER EVALUATION:

 

REEVALUATION

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Texas Education Agency:

SpedTex - Independent Education Evaluation (video)

Legal Framework for the Child Centered Process:

 

Disability Rights Texas – How to Request an Initial Evaluation for Special Education Eligibility

Center for Parent Information and Resources – Evaluating Children for Disability

Evaluation Procedures – From the TARGET Manual by the Texas Statewide Leadership for Autism – While the information provided is specific in relation to students with autism, ANY parent can use the information to learn about the variety of assessments available

Learning Disabilities Association of America – Right to an Evaluation for Special Education Services

U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Special Education Programs – Changes in Initial Evaluation and Reevaluation

Wrightslaw –  Tests and Measurements and Assessments, Evaluations and Testing

Texas Assistive Technology Network – Response to Intervention

University of Texas/Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk – Parent Resources

Understood.org  – A Parent’s Guide to Response to Intervention

Articles from GreatSchools.org :

  • Response-To-Intervention: An Emerging Method for LD Identification

http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/emerging-method-for-ld-identification/

  • Before Special Ed:  How Pre-Referral Works

http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/pre-referral/