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Identification and Placement
Identification and Placement

4 people in a meetingOntario’s Education Act requires school boards to provide special education programs and services for children who require these supports.

School boards are required to establish Identification, Placement, and Review Committees (IPRCs) in order to identify those students who need special education programs and services.

IPRCs follow a formal process governed by provincial law (highlights of Regulation 181/98 from the Ministry of Education).

The Identification Placement Review Committee (IPRC) meets to decide whether a child should be identified as “exceptional”. An exceptional pupil is defined as a pupil whose behavioural, communication, intellectual, physical or multiple exceptionalities are such that he or she is considered to need placement in a special education program. The IPRC:

  • identifies the category and area of exceptionality. 

For more information on definitions and categories of exceptionalities, you can read the following:

  • decides on an appropriate placement for the child who is identified as exceptional.​​

​​Read more about Special Education placement options in YRDSB.
  • reviews the identification and placement at least once in each school year. 

For more information on the identification process,

please visit Referral Process - Guides for Parents and Students​ page or

browse the YRDSB Special Education Plan page.

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