OSEP Policy Documents Regarding the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children and Youth with Disabilities


<Note: Letters issued prior to December 3, 2004, may not be consistent with the IDEA, as revised by P.L. 108-446. Letters issued prior to August 14, 2006 may not be consistent with the final regulations for Part B published on that date at 71 Federal Register 46540. Readers are advised to consult with the current statute and final regulations.

Section 607 Reports as published in the Federal Register.

November 20, 2012 to New York State Education Department officials Pat Geary and James P. DeLorenzo
TOPIC ADDRESSED: Evaluation Timelines
SECTION OF IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children with Disabilities; Section 614—Evaluations, Eligibility Determination, Individualized Education Programs, and Educational Placements
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Letter to Honorable Shirley Neeley
September 21, 2005
Topic: Evaluation
Letter regarding steps that the Department has taken to address educational challenges for displaced students resulting from Hurricane Katrina and advising the Texas Education Agency on how to ensure timely completion of evaluations of children suspected of having a disability in districts enrolling a significant number of displaced students.

Letter to Ms. Eleanor Hirsh
August 9, 2005
Topic: Evaluation
Letter providing an explanation regarding new requirements relating to (1) pre-referral activities and timeliness of referrals for initial evaluation to determine eligibility for special education and related services; (2) use of evaluations conducted under Part C of IDEA to determine eligibility under Part B of IDEA; and (3) placement options for preschool-aged children with disabilities.
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Letter to Ms. Linda Goodman
November 6, 2003
Topic: Evaluations
Letter clarifying whether audiological evaluations must be provided to an infant or toddler referred to Part C, who is suspected of having a communication delay, whose hearing has not been tested, and for whom an audiology evaluation is determined to be needed.
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