• How is a student referred for a Child Study Team Evaluation?

    Students between the ages of 3 and 21, suspected of having an educational disability, may be referred to the Child Study Team for an evaluation by a variety of sources but generally they come from one of the following:

    1. PARENTS: Parents may request a Child Study Team Evaluation by contacting the

    Principal or Case Manager at their child’s school and forwarding the request in writing.

    2. ADMINISTRATORS or OUTSIDE AGENCIES: The Principal or other building administrator or an individual from an outside agency (doctor, social worker etc.) may refer a student for a Child Study Team Evaluation.

    Who are the members of the Child Study Team?

    The New Jersey Department of Education requires that the Child Study Team include a school psychologist, a learning disabilities teacher consultant, and a school social worker. These professionals are all certified and employed directly by the Cherry Hill Board of Education.

    What is the procedure after the referral is made?

    Once the referral has been made the Case Manager has twenty (20) days to schedule an Identification Meeting. The necessary personnel expected to attend this meeting include a social worker, psychologist, learning disabilities teacher consultant, classroom teacher, speech & language specialist (if the suspected disability included that area or the child was age 3-5) and certainly the parent.

    Are students automatically tested if the request is made?

    No. Once a request for a Child Study Team evaluation is made an Identification Meeting must be scheduled. At that meeting it is determined if a Child Study Team Evaluation is warranted and if so an Evaluation Plan is developed.

    What is the procedure if the student is going to be tested?

    Once it is determined that testing is necessary an assessment plan is developed and the parent/guardian gives written permission. The district then has ninety (90) days to complete the necessary evaluations. Within the ninety (90) days an Eligibility Conference is scheduled where the

    evaluations are interpreted and it is determined if the student is eligible for special education and/or related services.

    If a student is eligible does that mean he or she will be in a special education class?

    Absolutely not. Before a student receives services an Individual Education Program must be developed and agreed to. The Cherry Hill Public Schools offers a full continuum of service delivery options for students with disabilities, and consideration is always first given to general education programs.

    How do I know if I need to refer my child?

    If combinations of the following behaviors are observed, and are affecting the child’s ability to interact with others and/or are interfering with the child’s ability to learn age-appropriate skills, a referral should be made.


    Poor coordination Visual difficulty Over-reaction to noise Inability to process information
    Toe walking Hearing difficulties Delayed speech and language Dislike being touched
    Inability to use hands to manipulate toys Inability to recall sequence of sounds or words Limited vocabulary Inappropriate loss of emotional control
    Excessive clumsiness Difficulty following directions Disorganized expressive language Distractability