Council For Learning Disabilities
The Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD), an international organization composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines, is committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities across the life span. CLD accomplishes this by promoting and disseminating evidence-based research and practices related to the education of individuals with learning disabilities. In addition, CLD fosters (a) collaboration among professionals; (b) development of leaders in the field; and (c) advocacy for policies that support individuals with learning disabilities at local, state, and national levels.
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SLD & Eligibility Under IDEA: Practice and Policy
In collaboration with our six partners, Council for Learning Disabilities is proud to announce the release of three new resources to help states and districts improve the evaluation process. The Principles for SLD Eligibility: Practice & Policy Considerations for States and School Districts (Click here to read the paper) released in July, 2019, was a joint effort of CLD and their ten partners. Recognizing that some of the eight principles in that paper lent themselves to further elaboration, we developed these three more robust resources on three of the principles:
– A Comprehensive Evaluation for a Child Suspected to Have SLD
– Effective Use of Instructional Response Data in an Evaluation
– Selective Use of Data on Cognitive Assessments Within an Evaluation
The three more comprehensive resources released today highlight policy and practice considerations that can support the implementation of these joint principles and encourage districts to move toward high-quality identification and evaluation processes.
While each state has its own process for determining eligibility for special education under the SLD category and though we do not endorse a particular method for identification, there is room for improvement. Regardless of the model they use, it is imperative that states and districts continue to examine their practices and policies in an effort to better serve students.
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