Special Education Eligibility Process

When a parent, educator or other specialist expresses a concern about a student's education and/or developmental progress, the school's Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) Team meets to develop problem solving and intervention strategies to be implemented for the students to be successful in the school setting. Parents are participants in this process and they are informed of the interventions to be used. If these strategies do not successfully meet the needs of the students, a referral for a multidisciplinary evaluation may be made. The process is regulated by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Nebraska Rule 51 and 52, and includes the following steps:

  • A written notice and consent for evaluation must be signed by the parent for the initial evaluation.
  • Parents participate throughout the process of gathering information.
  • The Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) is responsible for the assessment, analysis and documentation of education and developmental needs of each student referred.
  • The MDT (which includes the parent) reviews the results of the evaluation and determines if the student has a disability according to federal and state guidelines.
  • The MDT Report information is used to develop present levels of performance for the Individual Education Program (IEP). These educational needs determine the most appropriate program in which to implement the IEP.

To be eligible for special education services, a student must meet the federal and state criteria in one or more of the following disability areas:

  • Autism
  • Orthopedic Impairments
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Developmental Delay
  • Speech-Language Impairments (Articulation, Language, Fluency, Voice)
  • Hearing Impairments (Deaf, Hard of Hearing)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Mental Handicap (Mild, Moderate, Severe/Profound)
  • Visual Impairments (Blind, Partially Sighted)
  • Multiple Impairments

Nebraska Rule 51, Rule 52, and other parental rights information may be accessed at:
Parental rights information may be accessed at:
or by contacting the Special Education Department of Gering Schools at 308-436-3125

Gering Public Schools
1519 10th Street Gering, NE 69341
Phone: 308-436-3125
Fax: 308-436-4301