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 Procedures

Procedures

SLD Evaluation Procedures

The Specific Learning Disability (SLD) Evaluation Procedures were developed based on requirements of IDEA Federal Regulations, the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE), the B-11 Child Find Guidance including Initial Evaluation Time Lines (MAASE, 2010), and the Procedures for Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED) and Development of an Evaluation Plan (MDE, 2009). These procedures were originally developed to support a training that took place at Oakland Schools on September 8, 2011. 

Side-by-Side Comparison

It is important to note that these procedures include stricter criteria than what is established by law. They are an example of how a district can develop procedures that keep them well within established timelines and safe from procedural errors or due process. The Side-by-Side Comparison of the Sample Evaluation Procedures and the Corresponding Rationale document defines where each item originated from and if it goes above and beyond compliance requirements.

SLD Evaluation Procedures Worksheet

The Specific Learning Disability (SLD) Evaluation Procedures Worksheet was developed based on requirements of IDEA Federal Regulations, the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education (MARSE), the B-11 Child Find Guidance including Initial Evaluation Time Lines (MAASE, 2010), and the Procedures for Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED) and Development of an Evaluation Plan (MDE, 2009). It was originally developed to support a training that took place at Oakland Schools on September 8, 2011. This worksheet allows teams at any place in the process of establishing procedures an opportunity to review a sample SLD identification procedure and determine what would work for them based on their district infrastructure.

Supporting Documents

MAASE B-11 Child Find Document
Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education
REED Manual

 Sample Presentations

Sample Presentations for Special and General Educators

OS SLD Guidance: An Overview Presentation for Local District Special Education Staff

This PowerPoint was developed for local districts to use as a resource in order to explain the changes in identification of students with specific learning disabilities. It was designed for special education staff and addresses the background of changes in the law, the sequence of events at the state and county level, as well as a preview of the Oakland Schools Guidance: Eligibility Determinations for a Specific Learning Disability document. The PowerPoint is comprehensive and includes talking notes for each slide. It should be noted that there are two slides that are left incomplete to allow the local district to insert their own data and plan of action if desired.

OS SLD Guidance: An Overview Presentation for Local District General Education Staff

This PowerPoint was developed for local districts to use as a resource and guide. It was designed for general education staff and addresses the changes that have occurred at the Federal and State level in identification of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). Also included, is a preview of the Oakland Schools Guidance on Eligibility Determinations for a Specific Learning Disability document. The PowerPoint is comprehensive and includes talking notes for each slide.

OS SLD Guidance:  An Overview Presentation for Building Principals

This PowerPoint was designed for local district building Principals.  Specifically, this presentation addresses what building administrators need to be aware of regarding the changes in identification of students with Specific Learning Disabilities.  It highlights the Principal's part in the evaluation and identification process and clarifies their role in ensuring appropriate instruction.    

OS SLD Guidance: An Overview of the Document

This PowerPoint was developed as an overview of the Oakland Schools Guidance: Eligibility Determination for a Specific Learning Disability. This presentation walks the audience through each section of the document, highlighting tools and embedded examples for improved practice.

 SLD SCECH Self Study Course

SLD SCECH Self Study Course

SLD SCECH Self-Study Course (PDF)
SLD SCECH Self-Study Course (Word)

The Specific Learning Disability SCECH Self-Study is a professional development book study for educators to obtain SCECHs using the Oakland Schools Guidance: Eligibility Determination for a Specific Learning Disability and the accompanied Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document as the text. The SLD SCECH Self-Study will allow a group of educators to read, reflect, discuss and debate issues related to their own practices involving eligibility determination for a SLD. The book study has been framed in multiple formats (two-day, five-day, ten-day or another combination) to earn 1.0 SCECHs for completion. Individual districts would apply for their own SCECHs directly with Oakland Schools which will allow districts flexibility to work at their own pace.   

Details can be obtained by downloading the SLD SCECH Self-Study link above. Documents are provided in PDF or Word formats based on your preference. Included in the download is an opening letter explaining the process and how to apply for SCECHs, helpful hints for facilitating a book study, sample agendas, an example invitation, and chapter discussion questions and activities to aide in meeting the SCECH requirements. A district facilitator would be responsible for making sure that each participant signed in and out at each session, submitted a SCECH application with the fee, and completed a survey at the conclusion of the book study. Participants will need a copy of the OS SLD Guidance document and FAQ to complete the book study which can be downloaded at the Oakland Schools Specific Learning Disability webpage or ordered in print by clicking here.

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact either Susan Koceski (susan.koceski@oakland.k12.mi.us) or the SCECH coordinator at Oakland Schools, Lori Dean (lori.dean@oakland.k12.mi.us).