How To Request An Evaluation

Need a refresher on evaluation basics? Or maybe you’re still deciding whether your child needs an evaluation. If so, go back to previous steps in our evaluation journey:

A. Learning about evaluations

B. Deciding on an evaluation

Once you’ve made the decision to have your child evaluated, you’ll need to get the process rolling. It starts with a formal request letter from you. The process is fairly simple, even though it’s formal. And there are steps you can take ahead of time to get prepared. Educational Evaluations in US check UT Evaluators

This guide provides the information you need to make your request and then follow up on it to ensure the process goes smoothly.

How to Request a School Evaluation

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 about informed consent, and why the school needs to have it in order 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 are required to evaluate for special education, how the request process works, and who pays that bill.

How to Request a Private Evaluation

The process for getting a private evaluation is very different from getting one at school. Instead of making a request, you’re finding and hiring 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 concerned that you or your young adult child may have a learning or attention issue, find out where to 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.). For Educational Evaluations in US visit here

In the meantime, there are things you can do to get your child help. You might ask your child’s teacher to provide informal accommodations, for instance. You can also ask about getting your child targeted help 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 if he 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.

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.

Looking Ahead

Requesting an evaluation is the first step toward getting your child help at school. Testing will reveal the reasons for his difficulties and help you understand why your child struggles. Testing will also reveal your child’s strengths.

Sometimes, getting to the point of considering an evaluation is a long journey. But once you start the evaluation process, things often move fairly quickly.

Here are the next steps in your evaluation journey:

A. Preparing for an evaluation

B. Understanding evaluation results and next steps


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