Education: Dismissal, Discontinuation & Revocation of Services


Dismissal, Discontinuation & Revocation of Services:

When a student no longer needs the services provided through exceptional student education, the IEP team will meet to discuss the need for ending the services. When a child no longer exhibits a disability in one area, but still exhibits a disability under another category, this is considered discontinuation of a service. For instance this may happen when a child is in programs for Specific Learning Disabilities and Speech Impaired. If the child meets the dismissal and no longer needs the services provided by the Speech Pathologist in the Speech Impaired program, then that program would be discontinued and the child would only receive the services provided in the Specific Learning Disabilities program.

When a child no longer needs all exceptional student education services or no longer meets eligibility criteria for the program(s), this is called Dismissal. Dismissal from exceptional student education occurs when a student is determined to no longer have a disability requiring any special education or related services. Students who reach the age of 22 will be dismissed from all ESE services due to the end of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).

Revocation occurs when the parent of student with disabilities revokes consent for all ESE services. By revoking consent, the parent is telling the public school system to stop all special education services. This includes special instruction, related services, accommodations, modifications and everything that is provided in the student’s IEP. Once the parent revokes the consent for services in writing, the school district must provide prior written notice before stopping the provision of special education and related services. If you revoke your consent for the continued provision of special education and related services to your child, your school district: 1. Will not be considered to be in violation of the requirement to make a FAPE available to your child for its failure to provide the student with further special education and related services to your child; and 2.Is not required to convene an IEP team meeting or develop an IEP for the student for further provision of special education and related services. If you revoke consent in writing for your child’s receipt of special education services after the child is initially provided special education and related services, the school district is not required to amend your child’s education records to remove any references to the child’s receipt of special education and related services because of the revocation of consent. If the child begins to experience academic difficulties after services have been revoked, the eligibility determination or evaluation process will need to be followed again.


Federal register part IV department of education. 34 CFR part 300 assistance to states for the education of children with disabilities final rule. December 1, 2008

Florida dept. of education exceptional student education services. Notice of procedural safeguards of students with disabilities

Texas education agency. Guidance on revocation of parental consent special education services.

Written by: Iris Neil