Exceptional Student Education - Understanding the Eligibility Process
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Initial Evaluations and IDEA 2004
- Congress added a specific timeframe to IDEA 2004 within which initial evaluations must be conducted. This has been addressed in the regulations as follows:
- The initial evaluation
- (1)(i) Must be conducted within 60 days of receiving parental consent for the evaluation; or (ii) If the State establishes a timeframe within which the evaluation must be conducted, within that timeframe...[§300.301(c)(1)]
Initial Evaluations and IDEA 2004. During the 2004 revisions to IDEA, there was language that was added that requires school districts to conduct initial evaluations within a 60 day timeframe. This revision is in favor of the student and supports the need to have timely evaluations conducted so that services can also start in a timely manner.