Comprehensive Screening and the Student Identification Process

Beginning in kindergarten and continuing through high school, the District conducts comprehensive screening to determine whether or not the students are in need of specially designed instruction. Screening information is collected from cumulative records, enrollment records, health records, report cards and results of mandated vision and hearing screening.
In addition, a teacher or parent with concerns regarding a student may refer the student to an Instructional Support Team (IST) or a Child Study Team (CST). At the elementary level, the District utilizes IST's at all buildings. Child Study Teams are active in all secondary schools. The team conducts comprehensive screening and/or an instructional assessment to identify the student's needs.

The District or parent may request a Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation (MDE) to determine if special education services are needed. Forms are available in building offices for teachers or parents to make this request in writing. Individual consent of the parent is required prior to conducting an MDE.