Rule Change for Initial Evaluation Takes Effect January 29, 2014
Initial Evaluation Timeline Change: The rule change concerning the time frame for completion of an initial evaluation will take effect Jan. 29, 2014. Therefore, on and after Jan. 29, 2014, pursuant to 34 C.F.R. §300.301(c), an initial evaluation for determination of eligibility for special education must be conducted within sixty (60) “calendar days” of the local education agency’s receipt of informed parental consent and, pursuant to 34 C.F.R. §300.323(c), an initial meeting to develop an IEP must be conducted within thirty (30) “calendar days” of the determination of eligibility. All evaluations in progress due to informed consent being received prior to Jan. 29, 2014 must continue to adhere to current Tennessee Rule & Regulation 0520-01-09-.10 which provides that an initial evaluation must be conducted and an initial educational placement must be made within forty (40) “school days” of the local education agency’s receipt of informed parental consent for an initial until eligibility is determined and, if the child is eligible, a placement is made.
For additional information, please contact Nathan.Travis@tn.gov.
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