What's Required

  • Children must be assessed  in all areas related to the suspected disability, including if appropriate, health, vision, hearing, social and emotional status, general intelligence, academic performance, communicative status, and motor abilities. For a child to be eligible for services under IDEA, the child must qualify in one or more of the thirteen areas of disability as listed below 34 CFR 300.304(c)(4) and 20 USC 1414(b)(3)(B)  

What We Do

  • Did Not Qualify (DNQ) ARD/IEP Meeting occurs after an initial evaluation is reviewed and the student does not meet eligibility criteria to receive special education services based upon the on Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE).


    What We Do During a DNQ ARD/IEP Meeting:

    • Provide parent(s)/caregiver(s) with a copy of the Procedural Safeguards and obtain the Receipt of Procedural Safeguards.
    • Be specific in the deliberations as to why the student does not qualify for special education services.

    What We Do at the Conclusion of the DNQ ARD/IEP meeting

      • Change the student’s Special Education Status on eSped Student Information screen from “Referral” to “DNQ”.
      • Note: Add justification for dismissal on “Enrollment Dates” screen
      • Complete the “Prior Written Notice”.



Guidelines for ARD/IEP Meetings



    1. Diagnostician/SLP reviews the FIE results with the parent and ARDC memebers prior to the ARD.
    2.  Complete the following screens in eSped:
    • Beginning of ARD
    • Review of Additional Evaluation
      • Be sure to check BOTH of the following statements:
        • "Based on the evaluation data reviewed, the ARD committee determines that the student DOES NOT MEET DISABILITY CRITERIA" AND
        •   "Does not meet eligiblity criteria to receive special education services"
      • Make sure Disability fields are blank           
    • Access to and destruction of records
    • Review of Committee Decisions
    • Signature page
    • Prior Written Notice
    • End of ARD
    • Receipt of Procedural Safeguards


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