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Evaluating and Identifying a Student for Exceptional Students Education

When a parent, teacher or caregiver suspects a student may have a disability, there are important steps that are necessary to know and take. A diagnosis of a medical condition alone is not sufficient to establish eligibility for exceptional student education. Consistent with Title 34, Section 300.306 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the Individual Educational Plan (IEP) team must consider multiple sources of data and information to determine not only if the student is a student with a disability, but also that the student requires special education and related services. If a parent submits documentation from a licensed professional under chapter 490 which demonstrates that a K-3 student has been diagnosed with dyslexia, evidence-based interventions must be provided based on the student’s specific areas of difficulty as identified by the licensed professional (see Section 1008.25(5), Florida Statutes). The Bureau of Exceptional Student Education (BESE) has many resources to guide parents, teachers and caregivers through the process of evaluating and identifying a student who is suspected of being a student with a disability requiring exceptional student education.

Parent Information: Evaluations for Special Education Services

What Is Exceptional Student Education for Children with Disabilities?

BESE Resource & Information Center

Characteristics of SPecific Learning Disabilitites

Specific Learning Disability (SLD) is a term that describes an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) eligibility category, which refers to learning disorders that can affect a student’s ability to read, write, listen, speak, reason and do math.

Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)

Exceptional Student Education Eligibility for Students with Specific Learning Disabilities