Eligibility & Referrals
General eligibility for Special Education at NEISD
Students eligible for special education under TEA guidelines receive services and supports as determined on an individual basis, utilizing data and the present levels of academic achievement and functional performance, via development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) by the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee.
Child Find: referrals, EVALUATION, ELIGIBILITY, and Provision
A district’s coordinated process to ensure that all children residing within the district who have disabilities, birth through 21 years of age, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated.
In addition to students enrolled in the public schools, the Child Find duty applies to:
- homeless children
- children who are wards of the state
- children attending private schools
- highly mobile children (including migrant children)
- and children who are suspected of being in need of special education but who are advancing from grade to grade.
Download the TEA Child Find Duty Quick Guide
Do you suspect your child has a disability?
How to request an evaluation: Please find your child's campus information at the bottom left of the screen under Child Find Campus Contact.
¿Sospecha que su hijo tiene una discapacidad?
Cómo solicitar una evaluación Encuentre la información del campus de su hijo en la parte inferior izquierda de la pantalla debajo de Child Find Campus Contact.
Child Find Contact:
Contacts for specific inquiries
ECI Agencies, Head Start, Pre‐K 4 SA
Early Childhood (EC)/ Preschool‐age
EC/Preschool‐age, SLP and/or LSSP/Ed. Diag. on program campus
Kindergarten – 12th grade
Private School / Home School
Child Find Campus Contact
Requests for a Full and Individual Evaluation may be made by parent, the district, TEA or another state agency. During the Referral Process, appropriate personnel will obtain information in the area(s) of suspected disability. This group of school district personnel, with the input of parents, will determine if evaluation is necessary to determine if there is a disability. When needed, appropriate personnel will evaluate formally in the area(s) of suspected disability and informally in all other required areas.
If an evaluation is completed, the parent and staff will meet in an Admission, Review, Dismissal (ARD) meeting to discuss the results of the evaluation, any special education eligibility, and whether the student is in need of specially designed instruction via special education services and supports.
The presence of a disability and a significant educational need are required for a student to qualify for special education services/supports. Disabilities include:
- Autism (AU)
- Deaf‐Blindness (DB)
- Deaf/Hard of Hearing* (DHH)- formerly Auditory Impairment
- Emotional Disturbance (ED)
- Intellectual Disability (ID)
- Multiple Disabilities (MD))
- Noncategorical Early Childhood (NCEC)
- Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
- Other Health Impairment (OH)
- Specific Learning Disability (LD
- Speech or Language Impairment (SI)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Visual Impairment* (VI)
Students who qualify for special education services and supports receive them at no cost to parents as part of a free and appropriate public education.