• I'm worried about my child's skills, where shoud I start?

    Talk with your child's classroom teacher. Identify your concerns and ask for ideas on a plan to help your child out in the classroom. If you continue to have concerns, ask the classroom teacher or your school's intervention specialist to start the intervention process. This is where a team of professionals at your child's school gather together to identify the concerns and come up with a plan of action. This plan is documented in an intervention plan and will be reviewed on a frequent basis to determine if it is successful. If it is determined that the intervention plan is unsuccessful OR if the team feels like the student still has significant needs, then the team can recommend that your child be referred to the evaluation team for consideration of a robust evaluation.

    Special Education Process - This document outlines the flow in special education from a parent referral, through interventions, evaluation, the creation of a learning plan to the progress reporting.
    The Evaluation Process - This document will outline the evaluation process from start to finish.
    Disability Categories - This will bring you to the list of disabilities that a child can be eligible for in the State of Minnesota. 
    Due Process Forms - This will bring you to the list of recommended forms for special education on the Minnesota Department of Education's website.  Most forms are available in Arabic, Bosnian, English, Hmong, Khmer, Laotian, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.
    Parents' Rights and Procedural Safeguards - This document describes the rights of parents with a child with a disability as well as the procedures that need to take place to help assure a free and appropriate public education.