DNQ Procedures (Did Not Qualify)

What's Required

Children must be assessed  in all areas related to the suspected disability, including if appropriate, health, vision, hearing, social and emotional status, general intelligence, academic performance, communicative status, and motor abilities. For a child to be eligible for services under IDEA, the child must qualify in one or more of the thirteen areas of disability as listed below 34 CFR 300.304(c)(4) and 20 USC 1414(b)(3)(B)  

What We Do

Did Not Qualify (DNQ) ARD/IEP Meeting occurs after an initial evaluation is reviewed and the student does not meet eligibility criteria to receive special education services based upon the on Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE).

What We Do During a DNQ ARD/IEP Meeting:

  • Provide parent(s)/caregiver(s) with a copy of the Procedural Safeguards and obtain the Receipt of Procedural Safeguards.
  • Be sure to input the “Initial Provision of Services” date on “Committee and Other Participants” screen so eSped can track the necessary data for Indicator 11.

What We Do at the Conclusion of the DNQ ARD/IEP meeting

  • Be specific in the deliberations as to why the student does not qualify for special education services.
  • Change the student’s Special Education Status on eSped screens “Student Information” and “Enrollment Dates” from “Referral” to “DNQ”.
    • Note: Add justification for dismissal on “Enrollment Dates” screen
  • Complete the “Prior Written Notice”.

*Remember a duly constituted ARD/IEP meeting must be conducted for a DNQ*

Guidelines for ARD/IEP Meetings
1. Diagnostician/ARD Facilitator schedules a  campus based staffing and consults with  any other individuals with knowledge or special expertise regarding the students including additional service providers (i.e. licensed school psychologist and/or speech language pathologist) on the multidisciplinary team  to review the Full and Individual Evaluation (FIE).
2.  Diagnostician/SLP Clerk consults with parent regarding a mutually agreed upon date/time for meeting
3.  Diagnostician notifies the IEP Team: classroom teacher(s), special ed teacher, speech (as needed), and LEA representative.
4. Diagnostician/SLP Clerk sends Google invite to team members via email. 
5.  Assessment personnel reviews the FIE with the ARD/IEP committee indicating the student did not meet eligibility requirements under Texas Education Agency and federal guidelines. 
6.  Secure the parent’s signature after the meeting, unless the student is 18 and can sign for him/herself.
7.  Send copies of all documents to parent within 5 days. 
8.  Send all originals of IEP documents, FIE, notifications, and responses, to the district special education records room. within five school days of the meeting date. 


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