PA Guidelines for Identifying Students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)

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July 31, 2008

The following guidelines provide direction and assistance to schools, specifically multidisciplinary evaluation teams, conducting comprehensive evaluations for students who are suspected to have specific learning disabilities (SLD). The 2008 Chapter 14 special education regulations of the State Board of Education are used throughout these guidelines as the critical source document of reference. The Pennsylvania regulations are based on, and in some references go beyond, the requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) 2006 regulations. Consequently, the IDEA regulations are also referenced to provide additional context for these guidelines.