Service Tree

The Service Tree lists all services in "branched" groups, starting with the very general and moving to the very specific. Click on the name of any group name to see the sub-groups available within it. Click on a service code to see its details and the providers who offer that service.

Equivalency Tests

Programs that administer tests which measure the extent to which previous schooling, knowledge or experience satisfies course requirements.

Functional Behavioral Assessment

Programs offered by the schools or available through public or private agencies that assess children with behavioral or emotional problems that are interfering with their educational progress or the progress of other students. A functional assessment uses a variety of techniques to understand what's behind a child's inappropriate behaviors including non-academic factors that might be contributing to a child's frustration with learning. The process leads to development of an intervention plan that focuses on teaching new behavior and social skills. Modification of the school or classroom environment and activities, adaptation of curriculum and instructional delivery, and changes to elements in the teacher/student relationship that encourage the undesirable behavior are usually also involved. A functional assessment has a narrower focus than a special education assessment. It focuses on the why, how, where, when and what of a child's behavior whereas a special education assessment is a comprehensive evaluation that is used to see if a child is eligible for special education services.

Special Education Assessment

Programs offered by the schools or available through public or private agencies that assess children who have been referred for the presence of a disability in order to determine their eligibility for special education and related services, and to make an informed decision about their educational placement and instruction. Information about a student's skills and needs is drawn from many sources including parents, teachers and specialists, and by using a variety of assessment approaches such as observations, interviews and testing, and methods such as dynamic assessment or ecological assessment. Included are evaluations which measure the student's social-emotional growth; independent living skills; sensorimotor, language and intellectual functioning; hearing and visual acuity; articulation and fluency; and other factors which have an effect on the student's ability to learn.