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position that it is inappropriate for these regulations to further specify the screening instruments to be used. States need the flexibility to identify which screening instruments are used. Screening instruments for children under the age of three rely heavily on parent reports. Thus, we do not believe that it is necessary to clarify, or appropriate to limit, the types of screening instruments a lead agency may use.

Changes: None.

Evaluation of the child and assessment of the child and

family (new §303.321) (proposed §303.320)

Comment: Several commenters noted that there were

significant changes in proposed §303.320 that did not

appear to have a basis in the Act. Commenters stated that changing the definitions of evaluation and assessment procedures at this point would have major implications for State rules, policies, procedures, professional development, parent training, data systems, and State monitoring systems.

Discussion: The definitions of evaluation and assessment

in proposed §303.320(a), (b), and (c) were not

substantively different from current §303.322(b)(1) through

(b)(2); instead, the changes made in proposed §303.320 were

intended to clarify the current requirements. However,