Consideration and Referral
When should a student be referred for an AT assessment? There are many signs that can indicate whether or not a student requires an AT assessment. Many times it starts from a parent or educator’s concern for the way the student is (or is not) able to participate in educational activities. When a student is already on an IEP, the IEP team may go through the AT Consideration Process then refer for an assessment when the following is true:
- is not using AT, but the IEP team decides it is needed
- is not using AT, and the IEP team does not have enough information
- is using AT but has new/changed needs that may require additions or changes to current AT
School personnel or parents may refer a student for an AT Assessment if one or more of the following is true as well:
- is being removed from the regular education classroom for any part of the instruction and the student’s use of AT would allow them to stay in the regular education classroom
- has difficulty accessing educational materials like textbooks, worksheets, workbooks, novels, etc.
The Wisconsin AT Initiative (WATI) has a Referral/Question Identification Guide that LEAs may adopt and use if desired. The Referral/Question Identificaiton Guide can be found here.