If the IEP team feels that they do not have enough information and need to evaluate, they need your written parental consent to do so. Once the IEP Team has your written consent to test your child, they have 60 calendar days to complete the evaluation process and hold a meeting to determine eligibility. Unless a parent states in writing that they do not want this, the school district must provide parents (by mail unless the parent and the school district agree on another method) copies of each examiner’s evaluation and assessment report(s) at least 5 days prior to the meeting.
As part of the evaluation process the IEP team will review the child’s educational history, including past opportunities to have learned certain skills and information. The IEP team then considers the information they already have, including:
- Evaluations and other information from the parents,
- Current classroom-based assessments and observations,
- Observations and recommendations by teachers and related service providers,
- The results of the most recent local or statewide assessments, and
- Other information from team members, such as medical records, observations, or independent evaluation
Evaluations have two purposes:
- determine eligibility for special education and
- determine your child’s educational needs.
Therefore, evaluations must use a variety of tools and strategies. Areas to be tested may include academic, communication, developmental, language, motor, self-help, social/behavioral, vocational, and others.
Parents always have the right to have someone from outside the school district conduct an independent educational evaluation (IEE).