“Teachers support evaluations based on multiple measures: student growth, classroom observation and feedback from peers and parents.” Arne Duncan – US Secretary of Education
When you suspect or have been told that your child has a disability the professionals will refer your child for evaluations. You may also notice that your child is having trouble keeping up with her classes, homework and assignments. They might have trouble completing or even understanding what they have to do. Their grades may suffer and so might their self esteem. You want to get a professional opinion before things get worse.
You need to make a request to the school and you should do it in writing. You want to make the letter look something like this: Sample Evaluation Request Letter. Informed parent consent must be obtained before this evaluation may be conducted.
The evaluation is the first step in the Special Education Process. The evaluation will answer several questions.
The evaluations are conducted by trained and knowledgeable professionals that need to follow the written instructions in the test manuals. The test and procedures used must:
There may also be a member of the evaluation team other than your child’s teacher that may observe you child in different environments throughout the school. The standardized tests that will be used must be proven to measure the skills they claim to be testing
Once all the evaluations have been conducted, you will be invited to a meeting where the results and findings will be shared with you. At this time the team will share with you if a determination has been made to whether or not your child meets the criteria from the IDEA to be considered being a child with a disability and eligible to receive services under the IDEA.
The results of the evaluation should present the child that you have a home, with the strengths and weaknesses that you have observed. If you do not agree with the results of the evaluation, you have the right to take the student for an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE). You can ask the school system to pay for this IEE.
The student should be evaluated at least every three years, you may also hear the term “triennial”. The purpose is to decide if the student is still a student with a disability and is still in need of special education services.
However, it is recommended that a student be evaluated more often if there is a new diagnosis, the teacher or parent requests a new evaluation or there is a condition that warrants it.
Sample Request for Evaluation Letter – http://www.adventuresinadvocacy.com/sample-request-for-evaluation-letter/