Admission Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee

Admission Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee
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Each local education agency must establish an admission, review, and dismissal
(ARD) committee for each eligible child with a disability and for each child form
whom an initial full and individual assessment is conducted. (89.1050a)

What is the ARD Committee?

  • The Individualized education program (IEP) team defined in federal law (IDEA)
  • The group that determines whether a child is a child with a disability and the educational needs of the child
  • The group that determines the educational placement for the child

Who is on he ARD Committee?

  • The parents of the child with a disability
  • Not less than one regular education teacher of such child, if the child is participating in the regular education environment, who is responsible for implementing a portion of the child’s IEP
  • Not less than one special education teacher of the child or, where appropriate, not less than one special education provider of such a child-who is appropriately certified of licensed as required to deliver services
  • A representative of the district who is knowledgeable about the about the curriculum, qualified to provide or supervise the provision of special education, and is knowledgeable of the availability of resources
  • An individual who can interpret instructional implications of the evaluation results
  • Other individual with knowledge of the child’s disability at the discretion of the parent or the ISD

Who is excused from attending the ARD?

  • A required member if the member’s area of curriculum or related services is not being modified or discusses in the meeting AND the parent and ISD agree and the parent’s agreement is in writing
  • A required member whose area of curriculum is being modified of discussed if the parent and the ISD consent to excuse the member from attending; the parent’s consent is in writing; AND the member submits in writing to the parent and the ARD committee into the development of the IEP prior to the meeting

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Am I required to attend the all or part of the ARD meeting? No, you may be excused from the ARD under two conditions (89.1050c5):
a. your area of the curriculum or related service is not being modified so long as the parent and your district agree in writing; or
b. your area of the curriculum or related service is being modified and the district and parent consent to the excusal AND the parents give consent in writing for the excusal.

2. What are my responsibilities if I am excused from the ARD meeting?
You must submit input into the development of the IEP, in writing, to the parent and the ARD committee PRIOR to the ARD meeting. (89.1050c5)

3. Am I required to sign the IEP?
Yes, all participants at the ARD meeting are required to sign the IEP/report of the ARD meeting. (89.1050e)

4. Am I required to agree with the decision of the ARD committee?
No, when you sign the IEP/ARD Committee report you have the opportunity to indicate disagreement. (89.1050e)

5. Do I have to submit something in writing to indicate why I disagree with the decision of the ARD Committe e?
No, but you shall be offered that opportunity write your own statement. (89.1050h)

6. Does the report of the ARD Committee have to include a written statement about any disagreemen t?
Yes, the report has to include a written statement of the basis for the disagreement. (89.1050h)

 

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