*The Multi-Factored Evaluation is the process required by IDEA to determine if a child is eligible for special education services. The process may be initiated by either school personnel or a parent. Education professionals along with a child’s parents are members of the MFE team, who work together to determine if a child qualifies for special education services. Team members should include a school psychologist, the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s), a special education and/or general education teacher, appropriate related service personnel, and others based on the child’s needs.
The purpose of the MFE is to determine whether or not the child has a disability and to identify the child’s specialized educational needs.
*The IEP (or Individualized Education Plan) is a document which outlines a child’s educational needs due to a disability, and the services they will receive to help them learn in their educational setting. Required members of the team are the parents/guardians, general education teachers, special education teacher and administrator. Related service providers may also participate.