Based on Education Code § 56303, “A pupil shall be referred for special educational instruction and services only after the resources of the regular education program have been considered, and where appropriate, utilized.” If a student continues to exhibit learning difficulties, each school site conducts a Student Study Team meeting that reviews all potential referrals to special education. An Individual Educational Program (IEP) team composed of assessment team members, other school staff, and the parents review assessment results to determine eligibility for special education services.
The Placer County Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA) is a Multi-District/County Office SELPA. Currently, 16 school districts, three charter schools and the Placer County Office of Education are members of this SELPA which provides special education programs and services to more than 8,000 students from birth until age 21 years.
All SELPAs have the same basic goal to deliver high quality special education programs and services to students with disabilities in the most effective, efficient, and cost-effective manner practicable.