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because of the concerns raised by some of the commenters,

we have revised the definitions in new §303.321(a)(2)

(proposed §303.320(a), (b), and (c)) to provide further

clarification. Specifically, we have clarified that evaluation means the procedures used by qualified personnel

to determine a child’s initial and continuing eligibility

under this part, consistent with the definition of infant

or toddler with a disability in §303.21. Also, we have

clarified that assessment means the ongoing procedures used

by qualified personnel to identify a child’s unique

strengths and needs and the early intervention services appropriate to meet those needs throughout the period of a

child’s eligibility under this part and includes the

assessment of the child, consistent with new §303.321(c)(1)

(proposed §303.320(b)) and the assessment of the child’s

family, consistent with new §303.321(c)(2) (proposed

§303.320(c)).

We have further clarified the definition of

assessments in new §303.321(a)(1)(ii) to incorporate the

language from section 636(a)(1) and (a)(2) of the Act, which requires each statewide system to provide for each eligible child: (1) A multidisciplinary assessment of the unique strengths and needs of the infant or toddler and the identification of services appropriate to meet those needs;