Did you know that federal guidelines don’t require you to do a language screening?
If you have enough information based on work samples, observations, and other academic data, you aren’t required to do a formal language screening.
IDEA (2004) Subpart D outlines that you need to use multiple sources of information, including formal test scores as part of an EVALUATION.
This is because you’re doing detailed diagnostic work during an evaluation.
But for a screening, all you’re doing is identifying red flags; so federal guidelines don’t require that you need to have certain scores in order to move to an evaluation (as always, you’ll want to be familiar with your state guidelines in case they’re more specific).
In fact, parents can simply request an evaluation in writing and you can move forward.
Do the screening if you need ADDITIONAL information; but it’s not a good use of time when you’re fairly certain an evaluation is inevitable.
That’s why, I wanted to leave you with the takeaway that a screening is a PROCESS, not a TEST.
If you have this PROCESS down, you’ll be more effective than any test will ever be in isolation.
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