Woodstown-Pilesgrove Referral Process
How is a student referred for a Child Study Team Evaluation?
Students between the ages of 3 and 21 suspected of having an educational disability may be referred to the Child Study Team for an evaluation by a variety of sources, but generally they come from one of the following:
- PARENTS:Parents may request a Child Study Team Evaluation by sending a letter to the Supervisor of Special Education. Support in submitting a referral can be found by contacting CST Secretary Ms. Pam Crinite at crinite.p@woodstown,org or by calling 856-769-0144, ext.66153.
- IR&S:The I&RS Intervention and Referral Services is a building-based inter-disciplinary group that meets regularly to provide intervention for students having trouble in the classroom. Once the I&RS has utilized its resources and determines that additional information may be necessary or feels that the student may be potentially educationally disabled, the student may be recommended for a CST evaluation. The appropriate member of the I&RS team must complete the referral form.
What is the procedure after the referral is made?
Once the referral has been made, the Case Manager has twenty (20) days to schedule an Identification Meeting. The necessary personnel expected to attend this meeting would be a social worker, psychologist, learning disabilities teacher consultant, classroom teacher, speech & language specialist (if the suspected disability included that area or the child was aged 3-5) and certainly the parents.
Are students automatically tested if the request is made?
No. Once a request for a Child Study Team evaluation is made, an Identification Meeting must be scheduled. At that meeting, it is determined if a Child Study Team Evaluation is warranted and if so, an assessment plan is developed.
What is the procedure if the student is going to be tested?
Once it is determined that testing is necessary, an assessment plan is developed, and the parent/guardian gives written consent. The district then has ninety (90) days to complete the necessary evaluations. Within the ninety (90) days, an Eligibility Conference is scheduled where the evaluations are interpreted, and it is determined if the student is eligible for special education and/or related services.
If a student is eligible, does that mean he or she will be in a special education class?
Absolutely not. Before a student receives services, an Individual Education Program must be developed and agreed to. In Woodstown-Pilesgrove, the majority of students eligible for special education services receive those services within general education classrooms and programs.