Evaluations Part 1: Where to Start when a Student Needs Special Help at School

A Brief Overview Special Education is provided through the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for a student with a qualifying disability. The first step is to determine eligibility through evaluation. This article describes that process. An article about IEP essentials is also available on PAVE’s website. Parents can request an evaluation by submitting a written letter Read More

Sample Letter to Request Evaluation

Your Name Street Address City, State, Zip Date Name (if known, otherwise use title) Title/Director of Special Education/Special Services Program Coordinator School District Street Address City, State, Zip Dear Name (if known, otherwise use title): I am requesting a full and individual evaluation for my (son/daughter), NAME, (BD: 00-00-0000), for assessment as a special education Read More

Evaluations Part 2: Next Steps if the School Says ‘No’ to Your Request

A Variety of Choices: Parents have a variety of choices if the school denies an initial request to evaluate a student for special education. Here are some options: Consider whether disability is a factor. Your child’s struggles at school will not provide a qualifying basis for special education unless a disability is determined to have an impact. The general rule is that a school must evaluate your child if there is reason to suspect a disability. When Read More

Asking for an Evaluation

You have a concern that your child isn’t progressing as quickly as you would like. There is that feeling in the pit of your stomach as you try to put your finger on what it might be. This is not an unusual feeling whether your concern is medical or educational. So what do you do? Read More

Evaluation Process

Regulations governing evaluation for special education are contained in Public Law 108-446 “The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004.” In addition, regulations concerning evaluation for services under Section 504 are contained in the Nondiscrimination Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (PL 93-112), Section 504. Section 504 only applies in educational systems within the United Read More