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
Gateway Group Child Study Team. Typically, referrals come
from the following:
PARENTS: Parents may request a
Child Study Team evaluation by forwarding their request
in writing to Kristy Green, Director of Special
Services. The Gateway Group Child Study Team will only
accept original signatures for requests for evaluation.
We will accept the use of electronic mail from the
parent/guardian once the original signature is obtained
requesting an evaluation. The parent may not utilize
electronic mail to provide written consent when the
district provides written notice and seeks parental
consent as required by N.J.A.C. 6A:14.
INTERVENTION AND REFERRAL SERVICES
COMMITTEE (I & RS): The I & RS Committee is a
building based group that meets regularly to provide
intervention strategies for students experiencing
difficulty in the classroom. Once the I & RS committee
has utilized its resources and determines that the
additional information may be necessary, or feels that
the student may be potentially educationally disabled,
the student may be recommended for a CST evaluation.
ADMINISTRATION OR OUTSIDE AGENCIES:
The Principal or other building administrator or an
individual from an outside agency may refer a student
for a CST evaluation.
What is the procedure
after a referral is made?
Once a referral has been made, the CST has 20 days to
schedule an Initial Identification Meeting. The necessary
personnel expected to attend this meeting include a school
social worker, school psychologist, learning disabilities
teacher consultant, director, speech and language specialist
(if the suspected disability included that area or the child
is between the ages of 3 and 5) and the parent or guardian.
Are the students
automatically tested if the request is made?
No. Once a request for a CST evaluation is made, an
Initial Identification Meeting must be scheduled. At that
meeting, it is determined if a CST evaluation is warranted
and if so, an Evaluation Plan is developed.
What is the procedure
if the student is going to be tested?
Once it is determined that the testing is necessary, an
assessment plan is developed and the parent/guardian gives
written permission. The district then has 90 days to
complete the necessary evaluations. Within the 90 day
window, an Eligibility Conference is scheduled. The
evaluations are interpreted and it is determined if the
student is eligible for special education and/or related
If a student is
eligible, does that mean that they will be placed in a
special education class?
No, not necessarily. Before a student receives
services, and Individual Education Program must be developed
and agreed to. Each school offers a continuum of service
delivery options for students with disabilities.
For an informative guide
to understanding the special education process in New Jersey
see the following link: