The Education, Evaluation, and Consultation Center (EECC) provides a variety of evaluation and consultation services to the LBL community, including:
EECC staff include learning consultants, school psychologists, speech and language consultants, an autism consultant, and a consultant for students with severe disabilities who provides consultative services to districts with eligible students. The autism consultant participates in the evaluation when Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is suspected. Staff assess school-age children and provide consultation when there are concerns regarding language communication, learning, and behavior.
Instructional materials are maintained by the EECC and are available to district and school staff to assist in the instruction of students with disabilities.
An inclusion specialist is available to assist districts in the instruction of students with severe disabilities. This inclusion specialist is the regional representative for the alternate assessment grant through the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Funds are also available to districts for eligible students to help offset the costs of instruction.
Staff provide training and technical assistance to special educator providers using the Special Education Case Management Solution (TIENet®).
EECC holds monthly Community Connection Clinics, through a grant with the Child Development and Research Center. These clinics support districts by answering questions about medical concerns that may be affecting a student's educational progress. Teams consist of a physician, social worker, school staff, and family.
The guidelines for evaluation and identification of Specific Learning Disability (SLD) changed with the reauthorization of Individual Disability Education Act (IDEA) 2004. As a result of these changes, the EECC agreed to stay current with the research and practice in our field and changed our evaluation methods.
The professional practice statement ( 23K) of the EECC explains the decision to move to a Pattern of Strength and Weakness (PSW) model of evaluation. Within the statement are links to national educational groups that support the use of PSW.
For further information or resources on PSW, please feel free to contact the EECC Program Administrator, Kate Marrone-Thompson, Ed.S.