ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY
Individual and Remedial Services – Psychological-Educational Assessment Services
Psychological and educational assessment services will be provided to students enrolled in the St. Louis Public Schools and to all students whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) lives within the geographic boundaries of the district including private and parochial school students, home-schooled students, and those enrolled in state-operated facilities.
The following psychological and educational assessment services will be provided to students between ages three (3) and twenty-one (21), having or suspected of having a disability:
1. Administering appropriate assessment instruments and utilizing appropriate techniques for diagnosis of learning and behavioral problems and determining whether the child is a child with a disability under applicable law and is in need of special education and related services.
2. Recommending instructional strategies and/or behavioral modification techniques and strategies to school personnel or parents/legal guardians.
Services provided to students enrolled in St. Louis Public Schools will be closely coordinated with other school services to ensure that each student's strengths, weaknesses, and needs are identified.
Such services will include, but not be limited to, development of evaluation plans, administration and scoring of formal and informal tests, written and/or oral interpretations of assessment results, and participation in diagnostic and may include IEP meetings. In addition, consulting services to teachers and other personnel may be provided to help them implement effective educational practices. Staff will consult with parents/legal guardians concerning assessment findings and assist them in understanding the strengths, weaknesses, and/or needs of their children.
Legal: P.L. 105-17 and Regulations
Revised: December 07, 1999
ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULATION
Individual and Remedial Services -- Psychological-Educational Assessment Services
The unit responsible for the provision of these services shall be called psychological-educational assessment services. This unit shall be under the administrative jurisdiction of the division of student support services. School psychological examiners and school psychologists assigned to this unit will be directly accountable to the supervisor of psychological-educational assessment services.
The unit supervisor shall be responsible for performance of duties including, but not limited to, serving as a consultant to examiners and psychologists, making school assignments, ensuring that established procedures are followed, monitoring staff productivity, and serving as the liaison with public and private outside agencies.
Referrals for psychological and educational assessment services shall be as prescribed in the current Manual of Operations for Screening, Prereferral Evaluation, Diagnosis and Placement. Services will be provided for the identification of students with disabilities as well as those eligible to enroll in programs for the gifted/talented.
Relationships With Other School Services and Community Services.
The services provided by psychological-educational assessment services shall be closely coordinated with other related school services, such as the offices of special education, social work services, guidance and counseling services, health services, and the speech and language unit. Psychological and educational assessment services shall also include interpreting the educational implications of assessment results and providing consultative service on effective treatments and interventions to parents and other staff. In addition, psychological-educational assessment services shall be closely coordinated with community health and welfare agencies such as clinics, non-profit agencies, and private practitioners. Liaison with community agencies shall be maintained by the unit supervisor as well as by individual examiners and psychologists.
Procedures for convening case conferences and exchange of information with other school services or community services are outlined in the Manual of Operations for Screening, Prereferral, Evaluation, Diagnosis and Placement.
Use of Diagnostic Devices.
Examiners and psychologists are authorized to select and use tests which are typically employed by similar professionals after parental/legal guardian permission for assessment is obtained. Tests used by this staff may include, but are not limited to, measures of individual intelligence, measures of individual achievement, projective tests, tests which identify learning styles, and processing deficits.
Due process and procedural safeguards to be used to ensure the protection of the rights of students and their parents are explained in the Manual of Operations for Screening, Prereferral, Evaluation, Diagnosis and Placement as well as in the current Annual Compliance Plan for Special Education.
Access To Records.
Information contained in reports generated as a result of the provision of these services shall be made available to parents/legal guardians, to appropriate district employees and upon the receipt of written parental/legal guardian permission to other designated parties.
Legal: State Plan for Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act,
As Amended by Pubic Law 94-142
Regulation approved: June 26, 1990
Revised: December 07, 1999