(2019) | Useful to Parent Centers, schools, and families in planning and conducting an evaluation of a child for specific learning disabilities.


Identifying students who have specific learning disabilities (SLD) and are eligible for special education can be a complicated process under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  To improve policy and practice, 11 national organizations, working together, developed this 2-page resource, Eligibility for Special Education Under a Specific Learning Disability Classification.

The resource succinctly lays out 8 critical elements of a quality evaluation process when SLD is suspected. Using these 8 principles, schools and evaluation teams can compare their current practices and determine areas that need improvement.

Access the principles (and an accompanying list of additional resources on SLD) at:

More Information about the Resource

The organizations partnering to create this resource are listed below. Each offers additional information on specific learning disabilities and disability-related issues.

ASHA | American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

CASE | Council of Administrators of Special Education

CEC | Council for Exceptional Children

CLD | Council for Learning Disabilities

Decoding Dyslexia

DLD | Division for Learning Disabilities

IDA | International Dyslexia Association

LDA | Learning Disabilities Association of America

NASDSE | National Association of State Directors of Special Education

NASP | National Association of School Psychologists

NCLD | National Center for Learning Disabilities

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