The Special Education Diagnostician will implement the special education evaluation process.
- Must possess a Master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) from an accredited institution of higher education in educational evaluation
- Must possess a valid Texas teaching certificate
- Must possess a valid Texas educational diagnostician certificate
- 2-3 years of experience in classroom teaching for a public or accredited private school
- 3+ years of experience collecting and interpreting test data for use in student placement and instructional programs.
- 3+ years of experience identifying students failing to master any portion of TAKS and report objective areas of need for tutorial programs.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
- Passion for students, especially students with disabilities.
- Advanced knowledge of federal and state education laws.
- Computer literate.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships.
- Able to cooperate with administrators and teachers in identifying students with special abilities and in providing appropriate classroom placement.
- Able to provide crisis counseling and consultation to students.
- Able to keep confidential the counseling relationship and information except when a student's condition requires intervention.
- Able to inform students of the requirements for taking STAAR/TAKS tests with an emphasis in mastery of Exit-Level TAKS or EOC as a requirement for graduation.
- Able to assist students in developing individual four-year high school plans
- Able to provide current information on reference guides and colleges and maintain appropriate career information for students.
- Able to coordinate and assist the college scholarship process.
- Able to assist the student with the application process for college admission, scholarships, financial aid, alternative post-high school training, including letters of recommendation.
- Ability to communicate with all levels of students, their parents, the community, peers, administrative staff, and corporate staff.
- Ability to transition with changes.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Ability to manage multiple priorities effectively.
- Ability to travel as necessary.
- Possess knowledge of diagnostic procedures, education of special education students
- Strong organizational, time management, communication, and interpersonal skills.
Responsibilities and Duties:
- Receive student referrals and review for Response to Intervention (RTI) fidelity
- Select and administer formal and informal evaluations to determine student eligibility for special education services according to federal and state regulations.
- Conduct classroom observations
- Participate in the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee to interpret evaluation data. Make recommendations for appropriate placement and development of Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
- Provide staff development training as requested to assist school personnel in the identification of students with disabilities as well as an understanding of specific disabilities.
- Assist classroom teachers with implementation of IEP.
- Consult with parents concerning the educational needs of students and interpretation of evaluation data.
- Assist in the selection of evaluation materials and equipment.
- Develop and coordinate a continuing evaluation of the evaluation program and make recommendations based on the findings.
- Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required. Observe all retention regulations.
- Comply with policies established by federal and state law, State Board of Education rule, and local board policy in the areas of evaluation, placement, and planning for special education services.
- Participate in professional development activities to improve the skills related to job assignment
- Maintain a positive and effective relationship with supervisors.
- Effectively communicate with colleagues, students, and parents.
All equipment required to perform jobs duties and task previously described.
Physical / Environmental Factors:
The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The employee is expected to maintain emotional control under stress, travel to multiple locations as needed, and may experience moderate lifting and carrying.