East Baton Rouge Parish Pupil Appraisal Services assists children from birth to twenty-one years of age who have developmental delays, learning problems, adjustment problems, or other special needs by providing services to students, parents, and teachers including: Screening/evaluation of infants and preschool children suspected of having developmental delays; Screening/evaluation of preschoolers suspected of being gifted; Assistance to teachers and parents in the development and implementation of behavioral and/or instructional interventions; Consultation with parents, teachers, and other personnel on topics such as instructional or behavioral modifications, exceptional students, and student development; Direct support services to students with learning or behavior problems; Crisis intervention services; Training of school personnel on selected topics; Evaluation of students to determine the need for special services, such as special education Interpretation of evaluation findings to school personnel and parents; Related services to exceptional students. Pupil Appraisal Services are an integral part of the total instructional program of a school system. Personnel are not limited to providing services solely to students referred for an individual evaluation. Many students experiencing learning problems can be helped through pupil appraisal support services in the regular classroom, enabling the student to benefit from the regular instructional program and preventing the need for special education.
Major goals of pupil appraisal personnel are to serve as child advocates and to assist students to remain in and profit from the regular education program whenever possible. When a student qualifies for special education, pupil appraisal personnel will provide recommendations for the types of services needed to assist the teachers and parents of the student in providing an appropriate special education program.
How to Access Services Pupil Appraisal Services for children in school are accessed by a referral from the school’s Building Level Committee. This problem-solving, decision-making group meets to discuss concerns from teachers and parents about individual students who are experiencing academic or behavioral difficulty, or who are suspected of being gifted or talented.
Referrals for infants and young children who have not yet entered school may be made by calling the Pupil Appraisal Services office at 929-8600.
Qualified Examiners Professional members of the pupil appraisal system in East Baton Rouge Parish include: Educational Diagnosticians School Psychologists School Social Workers Speech/Language Specialists Audiologists Adapted P. E. Specialists Occupational Therapists Physical Therapists School Nurses Assistive Technology Specialists
East Baton Rouge Parish School System, EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT SERVICES, Goodwood Center, 6550 Sevenoaks Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70806, PH 225-929-8600
East Baton Rouge Parish School System is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, or qualified disability.