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Part C program; rather, we view them as clarifying the terminology used so that the field can more easily distinguish between evaluations and assessments that occur

throughout a child’s time in the Part C program and the

initial evaluation and initial assessment that must be completed, along with the initial IFSP meeting, within 45 days after the child is referred to the Part C program.

Changes: The definitions of evaluation and assessment in

new §303.321(a)(2) (proposed §303.320(a), (b), and (c))

have been clarified to reflect the language in section 636(a)(1) and (a)(2) of the Act. We also have added definitions of the terms initial evaluation and initial assessment to this section.

Comment: A few commenters requested clarification on the distinction between an assessment and an evaluation, as

used in new §303.321(a) (proposed §303.320(a), (b), and


Discussion: We agree with the commenters regarding the need for clarification and, therefore, have revised new

§303.321 (proposed §303.320). An evaluation, as defined in

new §303.321(a)(2)(i) (proposed §303.320(a)(2)(i)), means

the procedures used by qualified personnel to determine a

child’s initial and continuing eligibility under this part,

and can include, pursuant to new §303.321(b) (proposed