Dr. Lakshmi Mahadevan: After everyone has shared the evaluation data, the diagnostician in our example will discuss determination of eligibility. At this stage of the meeting, the diagnostician reveals the diagnosis and qualifying factors that allow the student to receive special education services. These qualifying factors typically include any of the thirteen IDEA qualifying categories.
Diagnostician: As a diagnostician, I would review the student’s folder so that I’d be more prepared and would prep the ARD by putting the student’s basic information into the computer prior to the ARD meeting which would make more efficient use of time. Also I would update any assessments that would need to be done such as the IQ assessment and the academic assessments that are required to be updated every three years.
Diagnostician: On review of the evaluation data, this student continues to meet eligibility and the assessment results support the continuing need for special education services.