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screening procedures include the administration of appropriate instruments by qualified personnel, who can assist in making the identification outlined in new

§303.320(a). We have revised that language, in new

§303.320(b)(2), to indicate that personnel who conduct

screening of a child must be trained to administer appropriate screening instruments. We made this revision to ensure that personnel, such as paraprofessionals or other individuals who are trained to administer a specific screening instrument, may conduct screenings.

Concerning the request that we require a State to use one standardized screening tool across the State, it is the

Department’s position that requiring or recommending the

use of specific measurement tools, including requiring that a State use only one measurement tool throughout the State, is not appropriate because individual child differences should be taken into account when selecting appropriate instruments.

Changes: We have deleted the reference to “qualified

personnel” in new §303.320(b)(2) (proposed §303.303(b)(2)),

and added a reference to “personnel trained to administer

those instruments.”

Comment: A few commenters requested that language be

included in proposed §303.303 to stipulate that screening