What is a referral?
When the Special Education process begins, an initial referral for an evaluation is made. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and corresponding New York State Regulations have made significant changes with respect to the initial referral process, including the initial referral source. Only specific people may make a referral for an initial evaluation, while different individuals may make something called a "Request for Initial Evaluation." This new process is outlined below.
The first step in determining if your child has a disability and if he or she requires special education services is to request an evaluation. This initial referral must be in writing and may be made by you or a designated school district official.