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10.5.P.1 Entrance Age Requirements

Section 10.5 - Policy


The following procedures are instituted for purposes of determining whether or not early admission to special education preschool is in the best interest of a student:

A “preschool child” means a child who is a least three years of age but who has not reached the age required for kindergarten. A preschool child is three years of age as of the date of the child’s third birthday. The governing board of a school district may admit otherwise eligible children who are within ninety days of their third birthday, if it is determined to be the best interest of the individual child. Children who are admitted to programs for preschool children prior to their third birthday are entitled to the same provision of services as if they were three years of age.

Requests for special education preschool services are generally made either through a DDD (Division of Developmental Disabilities) referring agency or through the District’s Child Find Process.

A.  Student entering with AZEIP Services
Dysart receives PEA Notification for Referral Request from DDD (Division of Developmental Disabilities) referring agency for each child aging into school based services through Arizona Early Intervention Plan (AZEIP) 
AzEIP Transition Meeting - Dysart schedules Transition meeting to include:
  • Parent
  • AZEIP Coordinator/Case manager
  • Representative from Dysart Evaluation Team
The Transition team will:
  • Discuss current DDD services
  • Conduct hearing and vision screening
  • Obtain parent survey/questionnaire regarding student’s developmental history and current functional performance levels
  • Discuss preschool services in Dysart 
  • Parent has option at this point to opt out of services 

(Transition Team meeting and the RED Meeting can be held concurrently.) 
B.   Student Entering Through District Child Find Process
Parent/Guardian calls district and schedules free child find screening for student beginning at the age of 2 years, 9 months.
Child Find Screening - Student attends screening appointment:
Option 1: Student demonstrates appropriate developmental milestones and does not require a full psychoeducational evaluation 
Option 2: Student demonstrates delays in at least one of five developmental areas and team obtains permission for a psychoeducational evaluation to determine if a developmental delay exists. 

(60 day timeline commences) 

Comprehensive Development Assessment
Child is evaluated using multiple measures (listed below)  to conduct a Comprehensive Developmental Assessment:
•    Student observation
•    Parent interview/rating scales
•    AZEIP provider interview/rating scales 
•    Private Day care rating scales 
•    Standardized testing 

Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) Eligibility Determination Meeting 
•    MET (including parents) will review all evaluation results.
•    MET determines if the child meets the ADE Early Childhood eligibility.
•    MET determine the need for specially designed instruction.
•    MET determines level of supports and services to be provided by the IEP team.

IEP Development
IEP Team will develop an IEP based on MET Eligibility and student need for specialized instruction, supports and services.

Early Entrance
Determination to start early (or at 2 years 9 months) made based on data obtained through evaluation process.

The following procedures are instituted for purposes of determining competency in the standards adopted by the State Board of Education for students who are under sixteen years of age and have not met the requirements for entrance into high school:

Upon request for admission to high school, a student who has not met the requirements for entrance into high school and is under sixteen (16) years of age must show competency in the standards of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies as adopted by the State Board of Education and as determined by a District assessment instrument.  

The assessment instrument will be based upon the standards adopted by the State Board of Education.  

The instrument will be prepared or selected by, and the result will be verified by, a certificated person chosen by the Superintendent.