§ 14.153. Evaluation.

 Notwithstanding the requirements in 34 CFR 300.122 (relating to evaluation):

   (1)  Evaluations shall be conducted by early intervention agencies for children who are thought to be eligible for early intervention and who are referred for evaluation.

   (2)  Evaluations shall be sufficient in scope and depth to investigate information relevant to the young child’s suspected disability, including physical development, cognitive and sensory development, learning problems, learning strengths and educational need, communication development, social and emotional development, self-help skills and health considerations, as well as an assessment of the family’s perceived strengths and needs which will enhance the child’s development.

   (3)  The assessment must include information to assist the group of qualified professionals and parents to determine whether the child has a disability and needs special education and related services.

   (4)  The following time line applies to the completion of evaluations and reevaluations under this section:

     (i)   Initial evaluation or reevaluation shall be completed and a copy of the evaluation report presented to the parents no later than 60 calendar days after the early intervention agency receives written parental consent.

     (ii)   Notwithstanding the requirements incorporated by reference in 34 CFR 300.303 (relating to reevaluations), a reevaluation report shall be provided within 60 calendar days from the date that the parental consent for reevaluation was received.

     (iii)   Reevaluations shall occur at least every 2 years.

   (5)  Each eligible young child shall be evaluated by an MDT, to make a determination of continued eligibility for early intervention services and to develop an evaluation report in accordance with the requirements concerning evaluation under §  14.123 (relating to evaluation), excluding the provision to include a certified school psychologist where appropriate under §  14.123(a).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  14.153 amended under sections 1372 and 2603-B of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. § §  13-1372 and 26-2603-B).

Source

   The provisions of this §  14.153 adopted June 8, 2001, effective June 9, 2001, 31 Pa.B. 3021; amended June 27, 2008, effective July 1, 2008, 38 Pa.B. 3575. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (279590).

Cross References

   This section cited in 22 Pa. Code §  14.151 (relating to purpose).



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