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Legal Requirements for Evaluation and Assessment:

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What must the evaluation and assessment include?

Evaluation and Assessment, Federal Regulations [Sec. 303.322]

Federal regulations describe what must be included in a child’s initial evaluation and assessment.


(c) The evaluation and assessment of each child must…

(3) include the following:

(i) A review of pertinent records related to the child's current health status and medical history.
(ii) An evaluation of the child's level of functioning in each of the following developmental areas: cognitive; physical (including vision and hearing); communication; social or emotional; or adaptive development.
(iii) An assessment of the unique needs of the child in terms of each of the developmental areas above, including the identification of services appropriate to meet those needs.

Evaluation &Assessment, Maryland Regulations [COMAR 13A.13.01.06.]

Maryland regulations are consistent with federal regulations and clarify what must be included in the initial evaluation and assessment for eligibility for early intervention services.


B. Written policies and procedures shall include requirements for a written report to be included in the early intervention record to document the results of evaluation and assessment conducted by qualified personnel to determine initial eligibility of each child referred for evaluation.

C. The written report shall include:

(1) A statement of the child's current health status based on a review of pertinent records and medical history;

(2) A statement which describes the child's levels of functioning in each developmental area and the dates of the evaluation and assessment procedures;

(3) A statement of criteria, including tests, evaluation materials, and informed clinical opinion; and

(4) The signatures and titles of the qualified personnel who conducted the evaluation and assessment.


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