When a student has experienced serious, persistent difficulties with some aspect of school, staff members or parents may seek assistance from the school's Child Study Team (CST). Children between the ages of three (3) and twenty-one (21), whose parents are legal residents of the Morris School District, can be evaluated by the Child Study Team (CST) to determine if there exists an educational disability.
A basic Child Study Team is comprised of three members:A Speech and Language Specialist is a member of the team for evaluations of preschoolers and those school age students whose presenting problems appear to be in the area of language development. Other specialists are included for some types of evaluations (e.g. an audiologist for a student with a hearing impairment or a physician when there are medical issues).
Each school in the Morris School District has a Child Study Team assigned on a regular basis. The District contracts with a variety of agencies and professionals in private practice for some types of specialized evaluations.
The purpose of a Child Study Team evaluation is to determine if a student has a disability and is eligible for special education and related services. The criteria for making these judgments are outlined in the New Jersey Administrative Code, Title 6A, Chapter 14(N.J.A.C. 6A:14). Please see the general CST process below.
1. Referral: A referral is the first step in
the special education process. It is a
formal written request that a student be evaluated by the CST to determine
whether an evaluation will be conducted and/or if a student is eligible for special
education and related services. A case manager is then assigned and the identification meeting is scheduled within 20 calendar days (excluding holidays). The information is collected regarding the child’s educational process.
include parent/guardian, all CST members, at least one of the student’s general
education teachers. A decision is made as to whether a CST evaluation is warranted.
3. No Evaluation or Evaluation:
If an evaluation is not deemed appropriate at this time, the student will
return his current educational setting. If
an evaluation is deemed appropriate, an evaluation plan is written describing
the required evaluations and parental consent is obtained. The process begins and the evaluations are completed within 90 days.
4. Eligibility: Once evaluations are completed, an
eligibility meeting is scheduled to determine whether the student is eligible
for special education and related services.
The case manager or evaluator will review the evaluation results and
answer all questions. The case manager
will discuss the rationale for determination of eligibility or non-eligibility.
Meeting: Once a
student has been found eligible for special education and related services or
speech and language services, and IEP must be held. This meeting is required before any special education
services can commence. The purpose of
the meeting is to determine the student’s current educational status and
develop a program designed to meet the student’s unique needs. This meeting may be held immediately after
the eligibility meeting with parent consent or within 15 days of the eligibility