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CPSE / CSE Referral

Committee on Special Education / CSE Referral Process

The Board of Education of every school district in the State of New York must appoint a Committee on Special Education (CSE). Each school district must locate and identify all children from birth to age 22 who reside in the district. The purpose of the CSE is to determine whether a child has a disability that impairs or affects his/her learning. The CSE determines the particular needs of the child with a disability and recommends the appropriate educational program and/or services to meet his/her individual needs. The CSE is an interdisciplinary team composed of district staff and other required members.

If you wish to refer your child  please initially notify his/her teacher and/or principal. The Teacher Support Team (TST) is typically the first step in this process.

A referral is a written statement asking that the school district evaluate your child to determine if he or she needs special education services. This written statement should be addressed to the chairperson of your school district’s Committee or your school principal. The referral may result in a request to have your child tested to see if he or she needs special education services. In some cases, you may want to meet with the Teacher Support Team before agreeing to test your child in order to discuss other ways to assist your child. As a result, the referral may be withdrawn.

Referrals may be addressed to:

Tracy Facchini
Special Education/PPS Director
2601 Oneida Street
Sauquoit, NY 13456


Mark Putnam/Peter Madden/Brian Read
Principals ES/MS/HS
2601 Oneida Street
Sauquoit, NY 13456

Committee on Special Education Evaluation

An initial evaluation to determine your child's needs must include:

  • a physical examination
  • a psychological evaluation (if determined appropriate for school-age students, but mandatory for pre-school children)
  • a social history
  • observation of your child in his or her current education setting
  • other tests or assessments that are appropriate for your child (such as a speech and language assessment or a functional behavioral assessment)
  • vocational assessments (required at age 12)