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Special Education Referral

All students from birth through age 21 who are suspected of having a disability may be referred for a special education evaluation. School personnel, parents or guardians, physician, community agencies, or other appropriate individuals may initiate a referral for special education evaluation. Referral of students for possible special education services is part of the Districts’ overall regular education referral and screening system. If a parent makes a written request for an initial evaluation for special education services to the director of special education services or an administrative employee of the school district the district must respond no later than 15 school days after receiving the request. At that time, the district must give the parent a prior written notice of whether it agrees to or refuses to evaluate the student, along with a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards (Spanish). If the school district or charter school agrees to evaluate the student, it must also give the parent the opportunity to give written consent for the evaluation. Please note that a request for a special education evaluation may be made verbally and does not need to be in writing. Navarro ISD must still comply with all federal prior written notice and procedural safeguard requirements and the requirements for identifying, locating, and evaluating children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education.

If the district decides to evaluate the student, it must complete the student’s initial evaluation and evaluation report no later than 45 school days from the day it receives a parent’s written consent to evaluate the student. However, if the student is absent from school during the evaluation period for three or more school days, the evaluation period will be extended by the number of school days equal to the number of school days that the student is absent. There is an exception to the 45-school-day timeline. If a district receives a parent’s consent for the initial evaluation at least 35 but less than 45 school days before the last instructional day of the school year, it must complete the written report and provide a copy of the report to the parent by June 30 of that year. However, if the student is absent from school for three or more days during the evaluation period, the June 30th due date no longer applies. Instead, the general timeline of 45 school days plus extensions for absences of three or more days will apply.

Upon completing the evaluation, the district or charter school must give the parent a copy of the evaluation report at no cost.

If the parent disagrees with the Full Individual Evaluation (FIE) provided by the District, the parent has a right to request an independent educational evaluation(IEE)evaluation at public expense, by someone who does not work for the District. Parents may refer to the posted Additional information regarding special education is available in a companion document titled Parent's Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process. Procedural safeguards are available to review and understand your rights in the evaluation process. If your child is enrolled at a Navarro ISD campus and you wish to request a special education evaluation, please provide the written request to the campus principal. If your child does not attend school but lives within the Navarro ISD boundaries or attends a Private School located within the Navarro ISD boundaries, please contact the Director of Special Education at (830)372-1930