You have the right to know ahead of time what tests your child’s school will perform as part of the evaluation.
Deciding to have your child evaluated is a big step. You may have questions about the process. Here are some frequently asked questions about
What are the benefits of getting my child evaluated?
The evaluation process can provide more information about the specific issues that are causing your child’s difficulty with learning. It’s also a way to see if your child is eligible for
special education services. Having
services can give your child extra support in the classroom to make learning a little easier.
Who does the evaluation?
team of professionals performs the evaluation. Each member of the team has special knowledge and training in the area that’s being assessed. For example, a speech-language therapist has specialized training in language issues. A psychologist is trained in administering educational testing. The team works together to look at all of your child’s skills.
Who pays for the evaluation?
If your child is referred for special education evaluation at school, the school is required to pay for it. If the school agrees that there’s evidence of a “suspected disability,” the school district must do a comprehensive evaluation that looks at the trouble areas identified. You may also choose to have
private testing done. Under most circumstances, this is not something your child’s school will pay for.
evaluation process involves more than just giving your child a test. It looks at your child’s overall performance in school. This includes observing your child in the classroom and talking with your child. It also involves looking at school and medical records and speaking with you and your child’s teachers.
What does the evaluation cover?
By law, an evaluation has to get information about all the areas of “suspected disability.” This means it has to cover all areas in which your child is thought to be having difficulty. These can include health and development, vision, hearing, motor skills, language, self-help skills, academic performance and social-emotional health.
Does the school need my permission to evaluate my child?
must get your consent before evaluating your child. You’ll be given what’s called
prior written notice. You’ll also get an evaluation plan telling you which tests and assessments are recommended. If you give consent, you’ll receive information about who will be doing the testing.
How long does the evaluation take?
IDEA says your child’s school must complete testing and issue an evaluation report within 60 calendar days from the day you give written permission, unless your state has established a different timeframe.
After the evaluation report is issued, IDEA allows for another 30 days for the team to meet to discuss eligibility and write an
for an eligible student. There are no such deadlines for
If your child is found ineligible, there are a
number of things you can do. Once your child’s evaluation is complete, it can give you a better idea of why your child is struggling in school. This information can help you figure out the best ways to support your child at home, in school and in the community.
An evaluation can give you a better idea of what’s difficult for your child.
You must give permission for your child to be evaluated.
Once you know the results of the evaluation, you can help plan ways to help your child.