Committee on Special Education

  • What Are the Steps In The Special Education Process?

    Step 1: Pre-Referral Student Supports

    Students struggle at various times during their educational careers. All buildings have numerous supports in place to support your child including the Instructional Support Team (IST).

    Step 2: Initial Referral for Special Education Services

    Students suspected of having a disability are referred to a multidisciplinary team called the Committee on Special Education (CSE) or the Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE).

    Step 3: Individual Evaluation Process

    The Committee evaluates the student’s abilities and needs.

    Step 4: Determining Eligibility for Special Education Services

    Following the evaluation the Committee meets to decide if the student is eligible to receive special education services and programs.

    Step 5: Individualized Education Program (IEP)

    If the child is determined to be eligible for special education services, the Committee develops and implements an appropriate IEP, based on evaluation results, to meet the needs of the student.

    Step 6: Annual Review/Reevaluation

    The IEP is modified or revised by the Committee at an annual review. At least every three years the student is reevaluated to ensure that the student continues to need special education programs and services and to revise the IEP as appropriate.


    The Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE)

    The Committee on Preschool Education, often referred to as the CPSE, is responsible for children with disabilities ages three through five. If you have questions regarding services for your preschool age child, you should contact the Office of Student Services. You may be asked to come to the office to complete necessary registration paperwork.


    Committee on Special Education

    The Committee on Special Education (CSE) is sanctioned and regulated by New York State. It acts as a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate the management, academic, physical and social needs of the referred child and determines if there is an educational disability. The CSE must then decide on an appropriate program or placement for the student and the need for related services (i.e. occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, counseling, etc.) if necessary.

    IEP Plan

    The Committee on Special Education must develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for all students who are eligible for special education services. In developing the IEP, the committee considers evaluations, student strengths, concerns of the parent and, where appropriate, student performance on state and district assessments. An IEP documents the following: present level of performance; how the student’s disability impacts his/her participation in the general curriculum; classification of the disability; annual goals; recommended programs and services; whether or not the student will participate in state or alternate assessments; a list of any alternative accommodations; a list of any assistive technology devices; and transitional goals at the appropriate time.