Indicator 11: Child Find – Percent of children with parental consent to evaluate, who were evaluated within 60 days (or State established timeline).

Data Source: NJSMART October 15, 2010 for the school year July 1, 2009 June 30, 2010

Calculation: NJOSEP collects the data for this indicator through NJ SMART as part of the Annual Data Report. Districts enter the date of consent to evaluate and the date of the eligibility determination. When the district has not completed the evaluation and eligibility determination within the state required timeline, the district must specify the reason for the delay.  

In accordance with federal and state regulations [34 CFR 300.301(d) and N.J.A.C. 6A:14-3.4(e)1] delays due to parent cancellations or the child not being available were reasons that were not counted against the school district in determining whether evaluations were on time. In addition, because there is an automatic stay-put whenever mediation or a due process hearing is initiated, this was also determined to be a valid reason that should not count against the school district. [N.J.A.C. 6A:14-2.6(d) 10 and N.J.A.C. 6A:14-2.7(u)] The NJOSEP determined that all other reasons for a delay in timelines are either not valid or not permitted in regulation.

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