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Referral to Special Education


Who can make a referral for special education?
The student's parent or legal guardian, school personnel, or another person involved in the education or care of the student can make a referral for special education.  An LEA may not deny a referral or delay an initial evaluation because pre-referral interventions have not been implemented with a student.

Special Education Referral Resources:

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Texas State Regulations
19 TAC §89.1011 Full Individual and Initial Evaluation

  1. Referral of students for a full individual and initial evaluation for possible special education services must be a part of the district's overall, general education referral or screening system. Prior to referral, students experiencing difficulty in the general classroom should be considered for all support services available to all students, such as tutorial; remedial; compensatory; response to evidence-based intervention; and other academic or behavior support services. If the student continues to experience difficulty in the general classroom after the provision of interventions, district personnel must refer the student for a full individual and initial evaluation. This referral for a full individual and initial evaluation may be initiated by school personnel, the student's parents or legal guardian, or another person involved in the education or care of the student.