The State of Oklahoma has specifically outlined and defined thirteen disability categories for Special Education Services. The State has also mandated the minimum assessment requirements of each category. These categories include:
Developmental Delay (for students ages 3 through 9)
Hearing Impairment, Including Deafness
Other Health Impairment
Specific Learning Disability
Speech or Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairment Including Blindness
Typically, the decision to recommend evaluation occurs after Intervention has demonstrated to be inadequate to bring about the desired academic or behavioral changes. The school site's Sandite Intervention Team will recommend the student for evaluation, and a School Psychologist will obtain parent permission for assessment.
Once permission is signed, the assessment process will be completed within forty-five school days. After the assessment, the School Psychologist will hold a meeting to review the results of the evaluation and the team then decides if Special Education services are necessary. If a student is determined eligible for special education and related services, the team then has thirty days to design and implement a specific Individualized Education Program (IEP).