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IDENTIFICATION OF SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITIES - Regulations

2. Require additional group members.

The determination of whether a child suspected of having a specific learning disability is a child with a disability as defined in 34 CFR 300.8, must be made by the child’s parents and a team of qualified professionals, which must include:
  • The child’s regular teacher; or if the child does not have a regular teacher, a regular classroom teacher qualified to teach a child of his or her age; or for a child of less than school age, an individual qualified by the State educational agency (SEA) to teach a child of his or her age; and
  • At least one person qualified to conduct individual diagnostic examinations of children, such as a school psychologist, speech-language pathologist, or remedial reading teacher.
[34 CFR 300.308] [20 U.S.C. 1221e-3; 1401(30); 1414(b)(6)]

Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. Who in your district may be qualified to conduct individual diagnostic examinations of children?


  2. How will including additional or different individuals conducting diagnostic examinations enhance the process of identification?


  3. What are the different types of assessment data that might be brought forward by each team member?


Application Questions

  1. How will school personnel be trained to understand the need for diagnostic assessments and fully participate in the process?


  2. If a student is an English Language Learner (ELL), how does your district ensure that the group includes a person qualified to address the assessment of the student's English proficiency, as well as the appropriateness of the determination of Specific Learning Disability? How is that person involved throughout the entire assessment process?


  3. How might the roles of school personnel change with the expectation of being involved in SLD identification?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Policymaker
    Location: Arizona

    Role: Special Education Administrator
    Location: California

    Role: Educational Consultant
    Location: Florida

    Role: General Education Administrator
    Location: Illinois

    Role: Family Member
    Location: Indiana

    Role: Higher Education
    Location: Indiana

    Role: Service Provider
    Location: Kentucky

    Role: Related Service Provider
    Location: Maryland *

    Role: Family Member
    Location: North Carolina

    Role: TA Provider
    Location: California