Assessment and Evaluation (A&E) Team
The Assessment and Evaluation (A&E) Team is made up of assessment specialists including School Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists and a SpEd Teacher. The A&E Team conducts all standardized assessments needed for an initial eligibility and triennial eligibilities for identification of students with special needs. All formal assessments can be completed once a student has been referred for testing by a child's teacher or parent. Parent permission is required before any formal assessments can begin.
The Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) specify that a student may be assessed and/or identified for special education services in the following disability categories:
- Intellectual Disability
- Emotional Disturbance
- Specific Learning Disability
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Communication Disorder
- Other Heath Impairment
- Vision Impairment
- Hearing Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Orthopedic Impairment
Q&A for Parents
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT PARENT AND STUDENT RIGHTS FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION?
Oregon Department of Education Publishes a handbook of Parent and Student Rights for Special Education Notice of Procedural Safeguards.
WHAT IS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S RESPONSIBILITY?
Public schools will ensure that all students with disabilities who are eligible for kindergarten through 21 years of age, residing within their attendance area, have available to them a free and appropriate pubic education in the least restrictive environment. The rights of children with disabilities and their parents will be protected in accordance with state and federal law.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES?
Special education services are provided to students with disabilities in grades Kindergarten through age 21. Special education and general education staff work together to provide needed services for eligible students and ensure that services are aligned with federal and state requirements. Our multi-tiered system of academic and behavioral supports are provided to students in their least restrictive environment.
WHAT SERVICES MIGHT STUDENTS RECEIVE?
Gresham-Barlow School District provides a full continuum of special education and related services. All services are developed by a student team and outlined in a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Our special education program is coordinated with other services such as English Language Learners (ELL) and Title IA programs.
WHERE DO STUDENTS RECIEVE THEIR SERVICES AND SUPPORTS?
As much as possible, students are educated in their neighborhood school. A small number of students are served in specialized programs, both within and outside of the district.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM CONCERNED ABOUT MY CHILD?
If parents are concerned about their child’s academic and/or behavioral progress, they should first contact their child’s teacher. Every effort is made to assess all students for level of need and to provide appropriate instruction and intervention based on that identified need. Some students who do not respond to initial instruction over time may need additional interventions. If at any time the school or parent has reason to suspect a disability, a referral for a special evaluation may be initiated.
Dan Bellm, School Psychologist
Katie Killam, School Psychologist
Nanette Schrader-Richards, School Psychologist
Sara Waggener, School Psychologist
Erin Claflin, School Psychologist
Halley Becker, School Psychologist - Intern
Monica Garcia, School Psychologist - Intern
Sarah Smyly, Speech Language Pathologist
Tim Lundgren, Speech Language Pathologist
Emily Drapela, Speech Language Pathologist
Jenn Voge, Special Education Teacher