Eligibility and Dismissal in Schools
Determination of eligibility for special education services is a multistage process that should answer three questions:
- Is there a disability?
- If so, is there an adverse effect on educational performance resulting from the disability?
- If so, are specially designed instruction and/or related services and supports needed to help the student make progress in the general education curriculum?
Dismissal Versus Continued Eligibility
The goal of public school speech-language pathology services is to remediate or improve a student's communication disorder such that it does not interfere with or deter academic achievement and functional performance.
The goals of speech-language services are as follows:
- to determine if the student's communication disorder is adversely effecting academic achievement and functional performance;
- to provide intervention for those communication disorders that are adversely effecting academic achievement and functional performance, specifying goals leading to specific criteria for dismissal;
- to dismiss the student from speech-language pathology services once the criteria for eligibility are no longer met.