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

Mental Health Education and Support at School can be Critical

A Brief Overview Two Washington students die from suicide each week. In a typical high-school classroom of about 30 students, chances are high that 2-3 students have attempted suicide in the past year. Read on for more detail from the 2018 statewide Healthy Youth Survey. Approximately one in five youth experience a mental illness before Read More

ESY Helps Students Who Struggle to Maintain Skills and Access FAPE

A Brief Overview Extended School Year (ESY) services help a student with a disability maintain skills in academic and/or functional areas, such as speech/language, occupational therapy, or behavior. The team that administers the Individualized Education Program (IEP) determines what is needed for a student in special education to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), Read More