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Mary Ellen Hamner
Pupil Appraisal Coordinator
mhamner@ppsb.org
595-6057



Pupil Appraisal is charged with the tasks related to the evaluation of students for services in special education. In Plaquemines Parish Schools, multidisciplinary teams of a variety of professionals are utilized for these tasks. We have two formal teams (North & South) that provide evaluations and other services throughout the parish.

Pupil Appraisal: The purpose of the Pupil Appraisal Team is to provide support services for students who have academic, behavioral, and/or communication challenges, adjustment difficulties, and/or other special needs which are adversely impacting educational performance. Services include, but are not limited to: assistance in the consultation; development/implementation of interventions; assessments; evaluations; referrals; interpretations; and related services. School Psychologists, School Social Workers, Education Diagnosticians, Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Adapted Physical Education Teachers, and School Nurses can make up these teams.

Interventions: The law requires that regular education Tier I-III interventions be implemented in an effort to improve academic, speech/language, ADHD, and/or behavioral problems. Student progress during interventions must be monitored and documented prior to referral for special education services. Interventions must be research-based and include pre-test/baseline, post-test, and progress monitoring. Interventions must be implemented with fidelity.

Evaluations: Evaluations can be conducted only with parent permission and only after Tier I- III interventions have been implemented and were unsuccessful in improving student performance/behavior to an acceptable level. Only students suspected of low incidence exceptionalities may be evaluated without Tier I-III intervention data (i.e. severe medical issues; Deafness; Blindness; Traumatic Brain Injury; behavioral concerns that are a threat to the child or others; etc.). SBLC packets can be obtained through the School Counselor or Intervention Strategist and must be completed in-full at least one week prior to the SBLC meeting. SBLC/Intervention meetings are held once per month. Typically, evaluations are completed within 60 working days from receipt of the parent’s permission.