The guidelines for evaluation and identification of Specific Learning Disability (SLD) changed with the reauthorization of Individual Disability Education Act (IDEA) 2004. As a result of these changes, the EECC agreed to stay current with the research and practice in our field and changed our evaluation methods.

The professional practice statement of the EECC explains the decision to move to a Pattern of Strength and Weakness (PSW) model of evaluation. Within the statement are links to national educational groups that support the use of PSW. The EECC supports a blended RtI/PSW evaluation approach to identification of a specific learning disability.