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Pre-Referral Intervention
In Pennsylvania, elementary-aged students who experience academic, social-emotional, behavioral, and/or communication difficulties may have access to instructional support in regular education. Pre-referral Intervention is not special education nor a direct service. Pre-Referral Intervention is an optional program within school districts.

Pre-referral Intervention serves as one mechanism for screening students who may be eligible for special education based on the severity and degree of need. Pre-referral Intervention serves as a bridge between regular education and special education. Parents can also request a special education evaluation.


To maximize individual student success in the regular classroom.

The Team: 

  1. is composed of:
    • the principal or designees,
    • the support teacher,
    • the student's teacher in all cases, and
    • other school personnel as needed.
  2. provides the following services for teachers:
    • consultation,
    • technical assistance,
    • training to teachers and parents of identified students regarding successful interventions.
After completion of the classroom intervention (no longer than a 60 day period), Pre-referral Intervention:
  1. analyzes the student's progress; and
  2. decides either to refer the student for a multidisciplinary evaluation or to continue successful strategies in the classroom.
Pre-referral Intervention activities do not bar the right of a parent to request, at any time, a multi-disciplinary evaluation of the child.

This information is provided by the PARENT EDUCATION NETWORK (PEN); 2107 Industrial Highway; York, PA 17402; 800-522-5827; [email protected]. It is not intended to provide legal advice PEN is funded as a Parent Training & Information Center by the US Department of Education. No official endorsement of the content is implied.
Pennsbury School District
134 Yardley Avenue, PO Box 338
Fallsington, PA 19058
Telephone: 215-428-4100
Mission Statement
Recognizing our proud traditions and diverse community,
the Pennsbury School District prepares all students to become creative,
ethical, and critical thinkers for lifelong success in a global society.
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