What is an MDR in Special Education?

If you are new to the world of special education, you may be wondering what an MDR is. MDR stands for Multidisciplinary Review, and it is a process that is used to determine if a student is eligible for special education services.

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MDR Basics

An MDR is a due process complaint filed with the state education agency whenever a disagreement arises over the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to a student with a disability.

What is an MDR?

An MDR is a specific type of due process hearing. It is used when parents disagree with the school district about:

-The evaluation of their child
-The eligibility of their child for special education services
-The type of services their child will receive
-The placement of their child

Who is required to attend an MDR?

An MDR is a meeting that is required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to happen whenever a student with an IEP is not making progress toward their goals, or there is a disagreement about the student’s eligibility for special education services. The purpose of an MDR is to resolve the issues so that the student can receive the necessary services and make progress toward their goals.

At an MDR, the school must bring together the student’s parents, teachers, and any other service providers who work with the student on a regular basis. The team will review the student’s records and discuss what changes need to be made to the IEP in order for the student to be successful. After the meeting, the team will write down their decisions and send them to the parents.

What is the purpose of an MDR?

An MDR is a meeting held to review the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). The IEP is reviewed to see if the current goals are being met and if the student is making progress. If the student is not making progress, then the IEP team discusses what changes need to be made in order to help the student succeed.

The MDR Process

The MDR process is a special education process used to determine if a student is eligible for special education services. The process begins with a referral from a teacher, parent, or other professional who has observed the student and has concerns about their academic or social functioning.

Pre-MDR Meeting

The Pre-MDR Meeting is an opportunity for the school team and the parent to discuss the student’s progress, review data, and collaboratively identify any areas of concern. The meeting should be scheduled at a time that is convenient for both the school team and the parent. Parents are encouraged to bring any relevant information about their child to the meeting, such as evaluations or reports from outside agencies.

The MDR Meeting

The MDR meeting is the first step in the MDR process. It is held to determine if a student has a disability and if they are eligible for special education services. The meeting is attended by the student’s parents or guardians, the student’s teacher, and other school personnel. The purpose of the meeting is to gather information about the student and to make a decision about eligibility for special education services.

Post-MDR Follow-Up

It’s important to follow up with the IEP team after an MDR to ensure that all issues have been addressed and that the student’s education is on track. The meeting may include a review of the student’s progress, a discussion of changes to the IEP, or a decision to hold another MDR.

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