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Course # 5095
Assessment for Special Education Eligibility

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CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Course Abstract

Assessment of speech-language skills for children referred for special education must marry federal requirements with clinical best practice. This course will review federal special education requirements associated with evaluation and identify additional requirements states and local school districts may generate. It will identify best practice regarding selection, administration and analysis of standardized assessments (e.g., review of normative population, use and abuse of subtests, interpretation of test results) . The course will conclude with discussion of use of intervention data and informal assessment strategies (e.g., observations, artifact review, speech and language sampling) to inform eligibility decisions.


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Course Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to identify federal requirements associated with evaluation for special education.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify possible additions to federal requirements established by the state or the local school district.
  • After this course, participants will be able to identify best practice in administering standardized assessments.
  • fter this course, participants will be able to identify effective informal assessment.

Time-ordered Agenda

0-10 Minutes Review of federal requirements associated with evaluation for special education
10-20 Minutes Roles of states and localities in adding requirements to federal provisions
20-35 Minutes Review of best practice in administering standardized assessments
35-55 Minutes Review of informal assessments
55-60 Minutes Summary and Q & A

Average Rating

(1086 Ratings)

Most Recent Comments

Displaying 100 most recent comments out of 1086 reviews

Review by: Fran on October 22, 2014
Good overall information.
Review by: Caryn on September 4, 2014
I feel more informed about IDEA, eligibility, the process of referrals, RTI etc. Great Resource!
Review by: Robin on September 3, 2014
Pertinent up to date info clearly presented
Review by: Jennifer on August 30, 2014
Very, very helpful information related to my daily duties!
Review by: Elena on August 27, 2014
Very detailed information regarding steps for special education eligibility. The presenter offered good reasons and explanations.
Review by: Mandi on August 18, 2014
Detailed. Supplemented my knowledge of the school system policies.
Review by: Sara on July 27, 2014
Specific information regarding parental rights and what is required to be reported (student strengths and parental concerns).
Review by: Lucille on July 24, 2014
It presented a lot of useful information in an organized fashion.
Review by: Tiffani on July 14, 2014
It was very informative.
Review by: Zulemy on July 14, 2014
Law is important
Review by: Lisa on July 8, 2014
Review by: Cheryl on June 28, 2014
This course went over the law and what we as slps need to do to comply with the law in a clear and organized way. Very helpful for those of us entering the schools from a different background.
Review by: Stephanie on June 23, 2014
The material was a great refresher on the legal requirements for finding students eligible for services.
Review by: Tina on June 22, 2014
very good refresher!
Review by: Carol on June 19, 2014
Information was up to date
Review by: Ann on June 17, 2014
Specific information provided; step by step procedures
Review by: Rachel on May 2, 2014
Review by: Sherrie on April 29, 2014
Review by: Christopher on April 23, 2014
new to the school IEP system learning everyday
Review by: Holly on April 11, 2014
There is always confusion in the school I work at as to eligibility. It is helpful to have this information
Review by: Ann on April 5, 2014
Considering that all the learning about Special Ed I have had has been OJT, this course provided a good basic framework for me.
Review by: Beth on April 3, 2014
Clear information, detailed and referenced; very beneficial for foundational info
Review by: Julia on March 14, 2014
Very relevant info. Well organized.
Review by: john on February 7, 2014
I now have a deeper understanding for the process which determines elligbility for special education service.
Review by: Linda on February 3, 2014
It was explicit, detailed and gave relevant examples.
Review by: Erin on January 28, 2014
Organized and well written
Review by: Laura on January 27, 2014
Review by: Kimberly on January 24, 2014
This is my first year in a school setting. This course helped clarify key points.
Review by: Jessica on January 4, 2014
in depth explanations
Review by: Tressa on December 31, 2013
Relevant information.
Review by: Keisha on December 30, 2013
It was a great refresher
Review by: Kathy on December 30, 2013
Good information, explanations of difference between speech/language as a service and speech/language as a related service.
Review by: Amy on December 30, 2013
Organized information.
Review by: Suzanne on December 30, 2013
Great info!
Review by: Kimberly on December 29, 2013
Content was well organized and easy to follow.
Review by: April on December 29, 2013
information on laws
Review by: michelle on December 28, 2013
Review by: Lesley on December 27, 2013
The discussion of the assessment tools was nice.
Review by: Andrea on December 17, 2013
Good review, references and outlines.
Review by: RACHEL on December 13, 2013
Very current information!
Review by: Heather on December 12, 2013
very informative
Review by: Robert on December 3, 2013
Very informative.
Review by: Angela on November 17, 2013
More background regarding IDEA and referral process and requirements for special education services
Review by: Janet on November 17, 2013
Citation of personal examples
Review by: Terry on November 6, 2013
It reviewed facts regarding what we procedurally do on a daily basis within the schools.
Review by: Mindy on October 28, 2013
clear and concise information about IDEA
Review by: Shana on October 22, 2013
This was an excellent course for me because I have recently re-entered the educational setting. This was a great review of the eligibility process!
Review by: kathleen on October 16, 2013
easy read
Review by: Sandra on October 15, 2013
The course was very informative
Review by: Sara on October 10, 2013
Review by: Barbara on October 6, 2013
Good job outlining all the components that must be considered in determination of eligibility for services.
Review by: Kelley on October 5, 2013
Very informative. I liked the graphics. I liked the outline of the presentation. It was organized.
Review by: Amy on October 4, 2013
good review for SLP's in schools
Review by: Sasha on September 29, 2013
It provided a clear picture for me of deciding who qualifies for special ed. I feel more confident in making and supporting my decisions!
Review by: Wendy on September 21, 2013
It explained the process of eligibility in clear, organized terms.
Review by: Lori on September 18, 2013
Very useful information!
Review by: Trinetta on September 12, 2013
Concise handouts.
Review by: Sarah on August 24, 2013
A great explanation of the structure of special education and how speech and language fits in. This would be a great presentation for my whole team.
Review by: Lindsay on August 1, 2013
Useful information presented in a direct manner. Very informative CE! One of the best yet...
Review by: Tahnya on July 30, 2013
the details about RTI given, and the details of procedures of general assessments given were a good review and there's always something new to learn
Review by: Prafful on July 24, 2013
All concerned were taken care off
Review by: Monica on July 23, 2013
Good outline of assessment continuum
Review by: Angela on July 22, 2013
Good overall information, although standards in my state and district vary as she indicated.
Review by: Belinda on July 22, 2013
It was well organized and presented the maze of IDEA regulations and requirements clear ....
Review by: Kathy on July 17, 2013
It was a good review
Review by: sarah on July 16, 2013
Always a great review of the eligibility requirements. Excellent course for an SLP working in the schools
Review by: Katrah on July 15, 2013
Good content
Review by: Tracy on July 9, 2013
Well organized. It answered some questions I have wondered about myself!
Review by: Valerie on July 7, 2013
Various ways to determine student's skills
Review by: Patricia on July 6, 2013
Very important information for an SLP in the schools & who is making decisions regarding eligibility of services
Review by: Cathy on June 26, 2013
The manner in which it was presented.
Review by: Kathleen on June 24, 2013
Clear, answered questions about some confusing issues.
Review by: Michael on June 21, 2013
Great example scenarios.
Review by: Amber on June 13, 2013
Excellent review, important for school-based speech pathologists.
Review by: Jenna on June 11, 2013
Review by: Jacqueline on June 4, 2013
very well organized, thorough
Review by: Julie on June 2, 2013
interesting material
Review by: Carol on May 31, 2013
very well organized
Review by: JoAnne on May 27, 2013
Clear and concise information.
Review by: Amy on May 22, 2013
I think this is a course all new school SLPs should take. I loved the organization and attention to details that might normally be overlooked.
Review by: april on May 7, 2013
The information was presented in a clear concise manor.
Review by: Jackie on April 24, 2013
It was a good refresher course with good examples for eligibility.
Review by: Cheryl on April 20, 2013
Order of text and images
Review by: Kristel on April 8, 2013
Organized and informative
Review by: Heidi on April 5, 2013
Very clearly presented....good explanations of some difficult material.
Review by: Angela on March 24, 2013
flows well, clearly presented
Review by: Vicki on March 15, 2013
Well organized
Review by: Melissa on February 27, 2013
very clear and easy to follow
Review by: Jill on February 27, 2013
Great refresher on SPED laws
Review by: Erin on February 9, 2013
great legal information
Review by: Kristina on February 3, 2013
She gave specific examples of how to use assesments in for eligibility for services.
Review by: Penny on January 29, 2013
Even though I have been working in schools for lots of years, I read a few things that I didn't realize were part of the law.
Review by: Kaye on January 29, 2013
Explanations and examples
Review by: James on January 28, 2013
This course is well organized.
Review by: JANICE on January 27, 2013
clear explanations
Review by: Catherine on January 27, 2013
Clearly presented information that outlines special education policy and procedures critical in determining eligibility for school-based speech services.
Review by: Carey on January 21, 2013
Thorough explanations.
Review by: Deirdre on January 17, 2013
It explained the history of IDEA and its present-day impact on education and speech language pathologists who work in the schools.
Review by: Heather on December 31, 2012
Provided a great review of the Special Education Eligibility requirements. Good resource.
Review by: Kristine on December 30, 2012
The presentation of material was very clear and organized - as well as easy to apply to work in school settings.

Course Information

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Course Presenter

lissa power defur

Lissa Power-deFur, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Lissa Power-deFur is Professor and Program Director in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Longwood University.  She previously worked at the Virginia Department of Education in special education and student services, where she worked collaboratively with general educators, special educators and related services personnel to facilitate student achievement.  She has offered numerous presentations on the educational relevance of speech-language impairment, collaboration, and the Common Core State Standards.  

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Continuing Education Information

CEUs/Hours Offered: ASHA/0.1 Intermediate, Professional; Kansas DHE, LTS-S1370/1.0; SAC/1.0

Passing an online exam will be required to earn continuing education credit.

Please Note: The CEU exam and course evaluation must be completed within 30 days of course registration.

To participate in the course, complete the CEU exam and earn continuing education credit, you must be a CEU Total Access member.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Assn.

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area)

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment

Approved for 1 continuing education clock hour(s) for Kansas licensed Speech Pathologists by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Long-Term Sponsorship number: LTS-S1370.

Speech-Language and Audiology Canada

Clinically certified members of Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE. All SAC members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.

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