Legal? Child Study Intervention Plan Instead of IEP

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school boy frustrated with workIs is legal to keep a child on a Child Study Intervention Plan for years after the eligibility process?

Interesting question from Virginia. Here are the facts we know.

  • Twice-exceptional child, ADHD/gifted and talented.
  • Good grades and yearly school test scores.
  • Psychological testing shows executive function defects, particularly processing speed, memory.
  • Written expression issues.

The child was evaluated by the school and found not eligible for a 504 plan or an IEP. The school team placed him on a “Child Study Intervention Plan.”

Q:  Isn’t Child Study supposed to be used during the eligibility process, and not for years after?

A: In general, yes.

There is no “child study intervention plan” in the federal law and regulations.

State Policy on Child Study Plans

In this case, you need to look at state policy.

Virginia created an additional team called “Child Study” or “Problem Solving” whose mission is identify children who need to be evaluated and to develop strategies to help children who are not eligible for special ed services.

What Happens Next?

After the Child Study Team found the child not eligible, what was supposed to happen?

Have you found your child in a similar situation? Time to search your state policies/regulations and consider the answers to questions like these:

  • Did the team provide the parents paperwork about the reasons why their child was found not eligible?
  • Did the team provide the parents a copy of “Intervention Plan?”
  • What interventions did the team plan to try?
  • What were the outcomes?
  • When was the team supposed to meet to discuss and possibly revise the Intervention Plan?
  • What were the dates of the review?
  • Is there documentation of the discussion and follow-up?

Supporting Documents from Virginia

Student Intervention Plan at

Intervention Plan Checklist at

Intervention Team Plan at

Note: Check your state regulations or instruction policy about tiered system supports.

Private Sector Evaluation

It may be time to consider a comprehensive evaluation (or re-evaluation) of your child by an independent evaluator in the private sector.

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I would agree with the last suggestion of a private evaluation. One suggestion is to ask about TOWL, Test of Written Language. It has been helpful to identify with out child with a similar profile.


During a recent IEP meeting I was informed that my fourth grade son was behind grade level in both reading and math. As a parent I’m aware of his real potential and know that he can do much better. What kind of tutoring services can I request the school district as part of the special Ed services?