The Committee on Special Education (CSE) Meeting


    What happens after the individual evaluation?

    After the evaluation is completed, you will be invited to a CSE meeting, as a member of the Committee, to discuss the results. 

    Notice of Meetings

    Whenever the CSE proposes to conduct a meeting to develop or review your child’s IEP or to discuss the provision of a free appropriate public education to your child, you must receive a meeting notice. It must be provided to you in your native language. You must receive a written meeting notice at least five days before the meeting. If the proposed meeting time or place is not good for you, you may call the school district to ask for a change that is good for both of you.

    If you are unable to attend the meeting, the district can use other ways to encourage your participation. They may call you before a meeting occurs to talk about evaluation results and ask you for information, or they may ask you to participate in the meeting by telephone.

    Meeting notice must include: 

    • the purpose of the meeting and the date, time, location and names and titles of the persons expected to attend the meeting.
    • a statement that you have the right to participate as a member of the Committee.
    • a statement that you may bring anyone to the meeting who has knowledge or special expertise about your child.
    • a statement of your right to ask the school physician to be at the meeting of the CSE.  You must do this in writing at least 72 hours before the meeting.
    • a statement that you may request an additional parent member of the Committee participate in the meeting of the Committee. You must do this in writing at least 72 hours before the meeting.


    You are encouraged to attend this meeting because you have important information to share about your child. If you cannot attend, you have the right to reschedule with the understanding that the District must follow a timeline.  At the meeting, the Committee will review the evaluation results. Based on that information, and information that you provide, the Committee determines if your child is eligible or ineligible to receive special education programs and/or services.

    In order to be eligible, a child must have a disability that affects his or her ability to learn. A student with a disability means a child with a disability, as defined in Education Law; who does not turn 21 before September first; who is entitled to attend public school; who because of mental, physical or emotional reasons, has been identified as having a disability; and who requires special education and/or related services. Students, ages 5-21, who are identified by the CSE as having a disability, will be classified as a student with: autism, deafness, deaf-blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, learning disability, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury or visual impairment (including blindness). 

    These terms are defined in section 200.1(zz) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. 

    If your child is being evaluated for the first time to decide whether he or she has a disability, the Board of Education must arrange for appropriate special education programs and services within 60 school days of receiving your consent to evaluate your child.

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