Evaluation & Eligibility

Assessment in Special Education involves evaluation requirements/guidelines for eligibility to receive services and information regarding participation of students with disabilities in the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP).

Initial Eligibility

Vision-Hearing Screening & General Education Interventions Prior to Referral doc pdf

**Documents other than the Disability Eligibility Standards - Optional

Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA)

Behavior Support Plan

Manifestation Determination

English As A Second Language (ESL) - Appropriate Identification & Assessment

Evaluation Forms

Re-Evaluation Summary Report

Responsiveness To Intervention (RTI)

Assessment Memoranda & Guidance

Resource Packets-Questions & Answers - Instructional Guidance

  • Autism: Resources Packet doc pdf
  • Deaf-Blindness: Resources Packet doc pdf
  • Deafness / Hearing Impairment: Resources Packet doc pdf
  • Developmental Delay: Resources Packet doc pdf
  • Gifted: Intellectually Gifted Manual
  • Gifted: Complete Intellectually Gifted Assessment Resource Packet doc pdf
  • Intellectual Disability / Functional Delay: Resources Packet doc pdf
  • Specific Learning Disabilities: Evaluation - Discrepancy & Processing Deficits Resource Packet doc pdf
  • Speech and Language Impairments: (General) Resources Packet doc pdf
  • Speech and Language Impairments: (Language) Resources Packet doc pdf
  • Speech and Language Impairments: (Articulation) Resources Packet doc pdf
  • Speech and Language Impairments: (Fluency) Resources Packet doc pdf
  • Speech and Language Impairments: (Voice) Resources Packet doc pdf
  • Traumatic Brain Injury: Resources Packet doc pdf
  • Visual Impairment: Resources Packet doc pdf

Support Organizations

Evaluation and Consultation Services For Students With Severe or Complex Vision or Hearing Disabilities

The Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville (TSD), the West Tennessee School for the Deaf (WTSD) in Jackson and the Tennessee School for The Blind in Nashville (TSB) are making resources, personnel expertise, and facilities available to assist local school systems in evaluating students with complex or severe hearing and/or vision disabilities. Evaluation and consultation services are available for LEAs that lack appropriate specialists to provide adequate evaluations and/or that require assistance in providing appropriate intervention.

There is no charge for the evaluation or consultation services to the local school system. Evaluations must be requested by the supervisor of special education or the superintendent of the local school system. Cottages are available at each campus for housing when overnight stays are required.

The scope of the evaluation will be determined by an agreement between the State Special School and the local school system. The evaluation will pertain to visual and/or auditory disabilities and may include orientation and mobility, functional vision and/or hearing, recommendations for assistive services and devices, general health or specific medical examinations, and other areas as warranted.

Contact information:

  • TN School for the Blind Phone - (615) 231-7300 Fax (615) 871-9312.
  • TN School for the Deaf Phone - (865 )579-2441 Fax (865) 579-2484.
  • West TN School for the Deaf Phone - (731) 423-5705 Fax (731) 423-6470.
Last Update: November 24, 2014