An Admission Review and Dismissal (ARD) meeting must be held at least annually for every student receiving special services. ARDs may be scheduled more frequently for specific purposes, with both school staff and parents having the right to request an ARD meeting. Parents desiring an ARD for their student should contact the student's case manager or call the special education office at 464-6366.
Different types of ARDs will review different information.
· Temporary ARD: A new student arrives. The school duplicates the placement and services of the previous district. The law then allows 30 school days during which the school may assess the student in order to make recommendations for goals, placement, and services at the 30-Day Annual ARD.
· Annuals: Annual review of a student’s placement and services, including assessment, transition planning, current competencies, goals and objectives, accommodations, state assessment, and four year plan.
· Initial: This meeting is called to review the first assessment completed for a student. The legal agenda is similar to that of an annual, with the exception that transition planning may occur at a later date.
· Pre-Assessment Review (PAR): Committee determines what (if any) assessments are needed for the student to continue to qualify for special ed services or for educational planning purposes.
· Revision ARD: The committee is meeting for a specific, clearly defined purpose.
· Dismissals: The student either does not demonstrates a disability or has a documented disability but does not demonstrate an educational need for individualized programming.
· Manifestation Determination: This meeting is called when a disciplinary action will result in the student being removed from services for 10 or more school days. The committee must determine whether or not the student’s behavior was linked to his/her disability.