After alternative strategies have been used, the school team evaluates the child’s performance and determines whether or not the intervention strategies have been successful and should continue. Many problems are often resolved at this level.
During the pre-referral process, “best practices” should be used to ensure the development and implementation of an effective intervention program.
“Best Practices” include, but are not limited to:
A comprehensive review of the student’s attendance, academic history, school history, health records, experiential background, cultural issues and language proficiency;
Observations in a variety of settings;
Development of a comprehensive plan of action that includes clearly stated goals, a reasonable timeline and specific assignment of responsibilities. (A reasonable timeframe would generally be in the range of 6-8 weeks);
Curriculum based assessments;
Ongoing assessments to document growth and provide a basis for instructional decisions; and
Provisions for modifying and/or redesigning the intervention process, as appropriate.