Pupil Appraisal Services
Lemuel West, Pupil Appraisal Supervisor 521-7122
PAS Zone Staff
Pupil Appraisal Services are an integral part of the Lafayette Parish School System’s total instructional program. This department conducts evaluations of students to determine whether they are exceptional and in need of special education services. A comprehensive multi-disciplinary evaluation is completed by qualified examiners including, but not limited to educational diagnosticians, school psychologists, school social workers and speech pathologists certified by the State Department of Education.
A number of pre-referral activities must occur before a student receives a formal evaluation. When concerns are expressed by the teacher or the parent a meeting is arranged with the School Building Level Committee (SBLC). Information regarding educational interventions, cumulative records, health screening, and any other pertinent data are reviewed. The committee’s options include, but are not limited to the following:
Conduct no further evaluation
Conduct additional interventions
Refer the student for possible 504 modifications
Refer the student to PAS for an individual evaluation
Parental participation is essential in any meeting requiring a decision regarding their child in areas of identification and evaluation. Parents are participants throughout the pre-referral process. When an initial evaluation is conducted, informed parental consent is required. At that time parents receive an explanation of their rights concerning evaluation procedures.
An evaluation to determine eligibility for special education services is based on an ongoing comprehensive assessment that results in an in depth, comprehensive report. The systematic process of review, examination, and interpretation of the interventions, test results, interviews, observations, relevant functional and developmental information and eligibility determination are completed within 60 business days from the date the parent gives written consent for an evaluation.