Process of Determination of Specific Learning Disability

  • Grosse Pointe Public Schools uses a Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses Process for the Determination of a Specific Learning Disability for all buildings and all grades in the district and includes the following:

    1. The student does not achieve adequately for the student's age or to meet State approved grade-level standards in one or more of the areas identified at 34 CFR §300.3099(a)(1)(i) when provided with learning experiences and instruction appropriate for the student's age or State-approved grade-level standards; and

    2. The student exhibits a pattern of strengths and weakness in performance, achievement, or both relative to age, State-approved grade-level standards, or intellectual development, that is determined by the Multi-disciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) to be relevant to the identification of a SLD, using appropriate assessments, consistent with the IDEA Evaluation Procedures and Additional Requirements for Evaluation and Reevaluations.

    In making a determination as to whether a student has or will continue to have a specific learning disability, Grosse Pointe Public Schools will also comply with all applicable federal regulations and State rules, including those addressing comprehensive evaluations, determination of the existence of a specific learning disability, observation of academic performance and behavior in the areas of difficulty, specific documentation for SLD eligibility determination, and reevaluation requirements.

    For further information please review the parent brochure developed by Wayne RESA to help parents understand the new approach in determining a Specific Learning Disability. The brochure is available at

    August 2010