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Teacher and/or Service Provider Interview(s)

Description and Rationale:

The teacher(s) and/or service provider(s) interview includes a discussion of educational progress, i.e., pre-literacy or literacy skills, including communication skills, visual behaviors in various environments, and other areas of the ECC.  

IDEA 2004(300.305, 300.320) requires that in both the initial evaluation and as part of the re-evaluation (every three years) that teacher and related service providers input and information be collected as part of the evaluation. Draw upon information from a variety of sources, including aptitude and achievement tests from teacher input and recommendations, as well as information about the child's physical condition, social or cultural background, and adaptive behavior; and ensure that information obtained from this source is documented and carefully considered (300.305, (a) (1), ii & iii, (c) i, ii).The purpose of this interview is to gather additional information that will assist the teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI) in needed areas of assessment that will contribute to the necessary accommodations or access skills required for the student to be successful in the educational setting (childcare, pre-school, K-12thgrade). Critical information from the teachers and other related service providers should include sensory demands (near/distant) of the classroom and other educational environments, and quantity/quality of work. In addition, for younger children information on the expectations for the classroom is helpful. For older students academic progress would be helpful information.

Birth - 3 Years

Routine-Based Interview addresses:

  • ECC area strengths/needs including pre-literacy and listening
  • Visual behaviors in natural environment and/or classroom
  • Other developmental area strength/needs

3-5 Years

Interview addresses:

  • ECC area strengths/needs
  • Visual behaviors in natural environment and/or classroom
  • Other educational strengths/concerns, including literacy, numeracy, and listening skills

5-22 Years

Interview addresses:

  • ECC area strengths/needs
  • Visual behaviors in all educational environments
  • Other educational strengths/concerns, including literacy, numeracy, and listening skills

Multiple Disabilities/Deafblind

Routine-based interview addresses:

  • ECC area strengths/needs
  • Visual behaviors in all educational environments
  • Other developmental area strengths/concerns
  • Educational strengths/concerns, including literacy, numeracy, and listening skills

Tips:

Request that classroom teachers and/or related service providers complete the teacher interview at their leisure prior to the evaluation and use this information in the synthesis of the essential assessments.

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