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OHD Technical Assistance Tips (MDE) (Updated 4/4/2017)

Required Components of a Student Evaluation

Documented, systematic interviews and student observations are a required and significant part of an initial student evaluation when the Other Health Disabilities (OHD) categorical area is being considered. Interviews and at least one observation must be conducted by a licensed special education teacher. Other required initial evaluation activities include a review of the student’s health history and school records, and an individually administered, nationally normed standardized evaluation of the student’s academic performance.

When conducting a reevaluation to determine continuing eligibility, some procedures and requirements vary from the initial evaluation process. For more information, refer to the document entitled, Q & A: Reevaluations under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), found on the MN Department of Education website at:   http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/dse/sped/caqa/IEP/opens in new window
For more information and guidance in the areas of student evaluation, eligibility requirements, educational supports, and resources in the categorical area of OHD, refer to the State Other Health Disabilities Manual.

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Deb Williamson, Statewide Specialist, MN Low Incidence Projects
612-638-1532 | deb.williamson@metroecsu.org