The request process begins with a formal letter that you write to the school. It’s not complicated, but there are certain things that definitely have to be in the letter. Once you deliver that letter, it’s important to follow up with the school to make sure your request is moving forward.
A. Follow these steps to request a free school evaluation.
B. Download sample letters for requesting an evaluation. You can use them as guides for writing your own.
C. Learn why the school needs your consent to evaluate your child.
If your child is under age 3, get information on how to request an early intervention evaluation.
If your child goes to private school, find out if private schools have to provide free school evaluations, how the request process works, and who pays that bill.For Educational Evaluations in US visit UT Evaluators.
How to Request a Private Evaluation
No matter what type of school your child goes to, you have the option for a private evaluation instead of a free school evaluation. The process for getting one is very different from getting one at school, though.
Instead of making a request, you have to find and hire a professional to do the testing. These evaluations can be expensive. But you may be able to get them for free or at a low cost.
Follow these steps to request a private evaluation for your child.
If you’re concerned your child has ADHD, learn what to look for in an evaluation for ADHD. And if you’re thinking about getting an evaluation yourself, or your young adult child is, find out where adults can get evaluated for dyslexia or for ADHD.
Waiting for the Evaluation
Once you give your consent for an evaluation, special education law requires that the school complete your child’s evaluation within 60 days. (Some states use calendar days, while others use school or business days.)
In the meantime, there are things you can do to get support for your child. You can ask your child’s teacher to give extra support in the classroom.
You can also ask about getting your child targeted support through response to intervention (RTI).
A. Find out what to do if the school moves too slowly with an evaluation.
B. Learn about informal supports you can ask for while you’re waiting.
C. Understand your child’s rights in the case that your child gets in trouble at school before having an IEP or a 504 plan.
What to Do If Your Evaluation Request Is Denied
Sometimes schools deny a request for an evaluation. There are things you can do if that happens. One option is to request an independent educational evaluation (IEE).
This is an evaluation done by an outside professional, but paid for by the school. To know more details on Educational Evaluations in US visit Icassp2003
Follow these steps to take if your evaluation request is denied.
You can also:
A. Learn about options for resolving a disagreement with the school.
B. Get help and information from the Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) in your area.
Requesting an evaluation is the first step toward getting your child help at school. Testing will let you understand why your child struggles, and what accommodations may be helpful. Testing will also reveal your child’s strengths.
It might have taken you awhile to decide to request an evaluation. Once you start the evaluation process, though, things usually move pretty quickly.
Here are the next steps in your evaluation journey:
A. Preparing for an evaluation
B. Understanding evaluation results and next steps