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The evaluation process for a student with disabilities doesn’t end after the first assessment. Reevaluations are an important part of supporting students and are also a part of federal legislation. Educators need to have a solid grasp of the reevaluation process, and in this course from Noodle Nook, you’ll learn everything you need to become a reevaluation expert. In this 15-minute course, you’ll discover why students need reevaluations, who gets reevaluated, and how to prepare for them.

Are you Forgetting About Reevaluation?

When a student with disabilities came to Anthony’s classroom, the child had already been identified and received a full individual evaluation. The student’s previous teacher had already created an IEP, and the student had been receiving special education services for two years. Since all of this work had already been done, Anthony thought that his role was to simply keep following his student’s IEP, but Anthony was wrong. 

Identification and evaluation of a student presumed to have disabilities is the first step in the process, but it doesn’t stop there. After a student has been receiving services for a while, they need to be reevaluated to check the type and severity of their disability. 

Reevaluation basics

Students change and grow, so their needs change too. If we don’t reevaluate students, we may miss crucial shifts in their abilities and miss out on the opportunity to give them the best support available. 

Not only is it vitally important to reevaluate students for their benefit, but it’s also federally mandated. Without reevaluation, you could be putting your school at legal risk. All students receiving disability services are required to be reevaluated at least every three years. Timely reassessments of students with disabilities are a key part of federal reevaluation legislation.

Using REEDs in special education

For some students, reevaluation will show that their abilities have changed significantly. In these cases, their entire IEP needs to be reworked to best reflect their needs. But for other students, reevaluation will show that their abilities have not changed significantly. In these cases, a REED may be more appropriate. 

REED stands for Review of Existing Evaluation Data. A REED uses the data from an existing evaluation and input from the student’s parents and teachers. With a REED, there’s no new testing, but rather a reevaluation based on new and existing data. 

Learn more about reevaluations in special education


If you’ve ever been in a situation like Anthony, it may be helpful to brush up on your knowledge of special education policies and practices. 

In the course, Keys to Special Education — Reevaluation, SPED educator Ayo Jones shares the federal policy, local procedures, and teacher best practices behind special education re-evaluations. 

This session works well for compliance training staff on special education topics and effectively meeting the needs of students with disabilities within the guidelines of the law. It is a part of the Keys to Special Ed series which focuses on identifying students with disabilities, delivering essential interventions and supports, and complying with best practices and federal guidelines.

This series from Noodle Nook, Keys to Special Education, is an essential part of making sure you are properly trained on special education topics, improving special education servicing on your campus, and meeting state accountability measures.

In this 15-minute course, you will learn:

  • Why students need re-evaluations
  • When we re-evaluate students
  • Who gets a re-evaluation
  • When to use a REED
  • How to prepare for a REED

Take the next step

All educators, no matter what grade level they teach, should be knowledgeable about the different aspects of special education to help all their students thrive in the classroom. We owe it to our students to give them every possible support on their academic journey. Want to take a closer look at reevaluation? Check out the demo for this course, Keys to Special Education — Reevaluation, today. 

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