JCPS will assess any student, ages 3 to 21 years, who is suspected of having a disability. If your child is not enrolled in a JCPS school or program, call (502) 485-3170 for information on referral procedures. If your child is enrolled, contact the school counselor or your child’s teacher.

When ECE receives a written referral, the student’s parents are invited to a meeting of the Admissions and Release Committee (ARC). The parents may be asked to grant consent for assessment in areas of concern. A team of professionals that includes a school psychologist will evaluate the student. The school psychologist or another member of the evaluation team will analyze the information and prepare a written report. After assessment is complete, parents are invited to another meeting to discuss results.

The committee considers all current, valid assessments—including assessments from other agencies—to determine disability eligibility. If a student is identified with a disability that adversely affects his or her educational performance, the committee may develop an Individual Education Program (IEP) to determine specific goals.