Eligibility Determination Conference
A primary focus of VDOE's implementation of Results Driven Accountability (RDA) is eligibility determination. Eligibility determination is the process for determining whether or not a child qualifies for special education services and meets the state criteria for identification in one or more of the 14 disability categories.
January 2015 Presentations and Handouts
An Ounce of Prevention: Foundations for a Multi-Tiered System of Supports
- An Ounce of Prevention Workbook (PDF)
- VTSS Blueprint (PDF)
- Recommendations for Addressing Discipline Disproportionality in Education (PDF)
- 6.RMB Tier Template (PDF)
- 6.RMB Tier Template Elementary Sample (PDF)
- Selection of Evidence Based Practices (PDF)
Managing Difficult Meetings
Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Disability Evaluations
What? Not Eligible? Designing Supports Based on Need
- What? Not Eligible? Workbook (PDF)
- Specially Designed Instruction (PDF)
- Selecting Evidence-Based Practices (PDF)
- Designing Intensive Interventions (PDF)
Language Variation in the Classroom
- Language Variation (PPT)
December 2014 Presentations and Handouts
- Eligibility Determination Conference Part I: Addressing the Needs of All Students (PPT)
- Eligibility Determination Conference Part II: Referral and Determination of Needed Data (PPT)
- Eligibility Determination Conference Part III: Regulatory Requirements and Best Practice (PPT)
- Eligibility Determination Conference Part IV: Eligibility Requirements (PPT)
- Team Planner (Word)
- Final Handout (PDF)
- Activity Packet (PDF)
References & Additional Resources
VDOE Technical Assistance & Guidance – Includes links to the following tools and resources:
- Evaluation and Eligibility
- Guidance on Evaluation and Eligibility for the Special Education Process (Word)
- English as a Second Language Standards &Assessment, Instruction and Parent Resources
- English: Strategies for Teaching LEP Students (PDF)
- Handbook for Educators of Students Who Are English Language Learners with Suspected Disabilities (PDF)
- Mathematics: Strategies for Teaching LEP Students (PDF)
- Prior Written Notice
- Indicator 9 & 10 Disproportionality Resources
- For Cultural Competence: Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions Needed to Embrace Diversity (PDF)
- Cultural Competency (PPT)
- Arlington Public Schools Adapted Cultural Competence Notebook (PDF)
- What It Really Takes to Improve Student Outcomes (PPT)
- Language & Culture
E-Learning – Includes links to the following modules:
- Evaluation for Related Services
- Prior Written Notice – Overview and Introduction
- Prior Written Notice – Avoiding the Common Regulatory Misinterpretations and Errors
VDOE OHI Specific Conditions: Resources Specific to ADHD – Includes links to the following:
- Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School And Home (PDF) – A resource guide published by The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) covering how ADHD is identified and treated, with helpful hints on how to improve the quality of life at home and at school
- Teaching Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices (PDF) – Three main components of a successful strategy for educating children with ADHD are academic interventions, behavioral interventions, and classroom accommodations
- The National Resource Center on AD/HD: A Program of CHADD – Evidence-based information about all aspects of ADHD
- Schwab Learning E-ssential Guide to AD/HD Basics – Fundamental facts
- Attention Deficit Disorders Association – Southern Region
- Intervention Central
- Teaching Children With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Instructional Strategies and Practices
- Center for Parent information and Resources
- AdhdNews.com – a support web for ADHD children and adults
Learning Disabilities – includes VDOE guidance and information and links to the following:
- Virginia's Guidelines for Educating Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (PDF)
- RTI and the Special Education Eligibility Process: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
- Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia (PDF)
- Supporting the Identification and Achievement of Twice-Exceptional Students (PDF)
- Zero to Three Beyond the Word Gap – Science reveals that early language and literacy skills are important predictors of later success in school – and that as a group, children in families of lower socioeconomic means have fewer skills and know far fewer words than their more privileged peers.
- Intervention Central – This site provides teachers, schools and divisions with free resources to help struggling learners and implement response to intervention / multi-tiered system of supports.
- What Works Clearinghouse – This site was established in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences to provide educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.
- Story Champs Narrative Intervention Kit – Multi level language curriculum for general education or special education staff focusing on story structure and complex language features necessary for understanding and producing oral and written language.
- Narrative Language Measures – The language assessment tools (e.g., Test of Narrative Retell) have a range of utility from determining which children have greater needs, to tracking on-going progress and identifying specific language targets. Teachers can implement these interventions with large or small groups within classrooms and speech-language therapists can use them for targeted intervention in small groups or with individuals.
- Dynamic Assessment and Intervention: Improving Children’s Narrative Abilities – A practical guide for evaluating children's narrative abilities and providing intervention using dynamic assessment and mediated learning. The manual takes you through the assessment and intervention processes.
- National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMSHA) NREPP is a searchable online database of mental health and substance abuse interventions. All interventions in the registry have met NREPP’s minimum requirements for review and have been independently assessed and rated for Quality of Research and Readiness for Dissemination.
- Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional (CASEL) Guide – The CASEL Guide provides a systematic framework for evaluating the quality of classroom-based social and emotional learning programs and applies this framework to rate and identify well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools.
- Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports (PBIS) Technical Assistance Center – This Center was established by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to define, develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-tiered approach to technical assistance that improves the capacity of states, districts and schools to establish, scale-up and sustain the PBIS framework.
- Attention Deficit Disorder Association: Study Skills Resources
- Responsive Classroom: Research on Responsive Classroom Efficacy
- VDOE TTAC ONLINE Resources for ADHD
- Samuel Ortiz’s Culture/Language Test Classifications and Interpretive Matrix
- Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools (Charity Hudley and Mallinson James Banks Editor; Teacher College Press)
- Woodcock-Johnson III: Reports, Recommendations, and Strategies (Nancy Mather & Lynne Jaffe, New York: Wiley, 2002) includes a wide variety of educational recommendations, along with summaries of proven methods and techniques for implementing successful examiner recommendations.
- Homework, Organization and Planning Skills (HOPS) Interventions (Joshua Langberg; NASP) – This practical manual gives you evidence-based interventions for students who struggle with organization, time management, and planning skills. You’ll get session by session instructions including a CD-ROM with printable forms, to help students achieve their full academic potential.
- Interventions for Achievement and Behavior Problems in a Three-Tier Model Including RTI (Mark Shinn & Hill Walker; NASP) offers educators a practical, cohesive roadmap to implementing a comprehensive and multi-tiered approach to helping all students succeed.
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