The parents Right to an independent educational evaluation is very important because this evaluation used to redetermine  whether or not a child has a disability, if the parents disagree with the results of the original evaluation or placement.  

The only way to determine if a disability exists with a child is through comprehensive educational  evaluation that is usually conducted by the school psychologist. This begins with the  parents and school professional to meeting  to discuss the child at a Child Study team meeting.


Once the school has completed their evaluation,  the parents have the right to question the results. If they disagree within a period of 16 months from the original evaluation,  they can ask for an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)  at school expense.  Once the 16 month period is over, the school has the right to test first, before funding an independent educational evaluation.  



The only way to determine if a disability exists with a child is through comprehensive evaluation. The first step in this process is for the parents and school professional to meet to discuss the child in a meeting of professionals called a Child Study Committee or the like, depending upon the school district.
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Schools often offer first to try a variety of interventions before doing evaluation, which is tantamount to a trial-and-error method of addressing a child's problems. Why would we try to address a problem without understanding it first? The role of this committee is to ask only if, based on the information available through their normal procedures, there is justification for further evaluation of the child. The school cannot ask parents to gather more information for them first nor can the school make a determination of eligibility for special education at that time; that is the role of another committee.

If the school does agree to do the evaluation, it is important for parents to understand the limitations of any school system in their evaluation.

One of the reasons a parent may want to seek an independent educational evaluation is because school employees have little control over the time and the materials at their disposal in order to do evaluations. No matter how good a school professional is at evaluation, It is unlikely that he/she can perform the job as well as someone who is equally qualified in private practice. Private assessments are expensive because of the time that they require.


It is also important for parents to know that whoever does the evaluation is the one who will take the lead in determining the child's needs. The school personnel who do this are too often the same ones who will have to serve the child in their already-too-busy schedules. Having a private evaluator assess the child allows independent determination of the child's issues and needs without any bureaucratic constraints.

Of course, if the school system does the evaluation, and the parents question the results or the methods, they can seek an Independent Educational Evaluation at the school's expense. 

Once evaluation is completed the determination can be made as to whether or not a child has a disability. Federal law does not specify the criteria for determining disabilities, that is left to the local school district. 

The only way to determine if a disability exists with a child is through comprehensive evaluation. The first step in this process is for the parents and school professional to meet to discuss the child in a meeting of professionals called a Child Study Committee or the like, depending upon the school district.


It is also important for parents to know that whoever does the evaluation is the one who will take the lead in determining the child's needs. The school personnel who do this are too often the same ones who will have to serve the child in their already-too-busy schedules. Having a private evaluator assess the child allows independent determination of the child's issues and needs without any bureaucratic constraints.

You can pursue an  IEE if your school  district refuses to evaluate your child or if you feel the school's evaluation was incomplete.   You may also request an IEE if you feel the   conclusions of the school's evaluation process does not meet  your child's needs. 
 
If the school does agree to do the evaluation, it is important for parents to understand the limitations of any school system in their evaluation.



Parents Right to Obtain Independent Educational Evaluation at School Expense  (IEE)

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