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Parents who suspect that their child has a disability may request in writing a multidisciplinary evaluation (MDE) at any time. Send requests to the school principal or special education director of your school district. Keep a copy of your written request for your files.

If you request an independent evaluation after the MDE has been completed, the school district must either ensure that it is provided at public expense or initiate a due process hearing.

Evaluation Materials Must:

  1. Be culturally or racially sensitive.
  2. If possible, administered in the student's native language or other mode of communications.
  3. Address all areas of suspected disability.
  4. Provide information to determine the child's educational needs.
  5. Be technically sound to assess cognitive, behavioral, physical and developmental factors.
Purpose of an Evaluation (MDE)

The purpose of the MDE is to help determine:
  1. The child's disability.
  2. Educational levels and needs of the child.
  3. Whether the child needs special education and related services.
  4. Whether any additions or modifications are needed to participate in the general curriculum.
  5. MDT (Multidisciplinary Team) 
The MDT must complete the evaluation within 60 school days of your written request. The Team is not required to have a formal meeting, although a parent can request that one be held.

The MDT is Composed of:
  1. The student's parent(s).
  2. Persons familiar with the student's educational experience and performance.
  3. Persons knowledgeable in each area of suspected exceptionality.
  4. Certified school psychologist and other persons trained in the appropriate evaluation techniques.
  5. When appropriate, persons familiar with the student's cultural background.
  6. The student's regular education teacher or a class teacher qualified to teach a student of that
Special education services do not result for every student who goes through the MDE process. The MDE process:
  1. Provides information about the suspected disability.
  2. Recommends whether a student is exceptional.
ER (Evaluation Report) summarizes evaluation results. The final typed report:

  1. Recommends whether the student is exceptional and meets the criteria of eligibility.
  2. Indicates the basis for recommendations for the educational program of the student, regardless of whether the student is found to be exceptional.
  3. Is circulated to all Team members at least 10 school days prior to the IEP meeting.
  4. ach member of the MDT, including the parent, signs the ER indicating agreement or disagreement. Members may submit a separate statement presenting conclusions if they do not agree with the recommendations in the ER. These become a part of the ER.
Reevaluation must:
  1. occur in PA at least every 3 years, 2 years for MR.
  2. inform parents.
  3. be completed within 60 school days.
Pennsbury School District
134 Yardley Avenue, PO Box 338
Fallsington, PA 19058
Telephone: 215-428-4100
Mission Statement
Recognizing our proud traditions and diverse community,
the Pennsbury School District prepares all students to become creative,
ethical, and critical thinkers for lifelong success in a global society.
national district of character
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