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Child Study Team Referral and Data Collection

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As a primary teacher, how would you tell a parent that you are referring their child to the Child Study Team? What data would you use to support your concerns? Who else would you involve in the discussion?

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The following is information compiled in regards to discussing a student's referral to the Child Study Team with his or her parent(s)/guardian(s).

Primary teachers are responsible for the education of elementary school-aged children.

Typically a Child Study Team is comprised of school professionals involved in determining a student's eligibility for special education services. Members include a supervisor, psychologist, social worker, and teacher to consult on learning disabilities. Other related professionals within the school may also be consulted as needed (i.e. speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, etc.) depending on needs presented and evaluated. Composition of the Child Study Team may vary by state requirements.

When a student presents in the general education classroom with needs that the teacher has not successfully accommodated, further evaluation may be warranted. Examples include students who are not accessing and/or progressing within the curriculum. ...

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This answer provides a brief description of the system when a teacher has concerns regarding a student and the subsequent referral to a Child Study Team. Data collection is an integral component to a referral. Consistent communication with families is also critical throughout the evaluation process.