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3. Clarify that screening for instructional purposes is not evaluation.

The screening of a student by a teacher or specialist to determine appropriate instructional strategies for curriculum implementation shall not be considered to be an evaluation for eligibility for special education and related services.
[34 CFR 300.302] [20 U.S.C. 1414(a)(1)(E)]


Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. What are the similarities and differences between screening for instructional purposes and evaluation for special education?


  2. How might a screening assist in the early intervening process?


  3. In what ways would a screening benefit the student? The teacher? The evaluation team?


Application Questions

  1. In an RTI or research-based model, how might the data from a screening inform instruction prior to a referral for evaluation?


  2. What procedures are in place to help parents understand the value of screening?


    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Teacher
    Location: West Virginia

    Role: Service Provider
    Location: Maryland

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Georgia

    Role: Family
    Location: Georgia

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Colorado

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Indiana

    Role: Administrator
    Location: California

    Role: Teacher
    Location: Florida

    Role: Service Provider
    Location: Kentucky