Can I refuse to let the school evaluate my child?


Yes, you can refuse an evaluation. The school district can’t do an initial evaluation without your consent.

It’s up to you whether to have your child evaluated for special education. This is an important decision, and a personal one. There are many reasons a family may decide not to do an evaluation.

For example, some families have concerns about getting their child help in school.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of myths you may hear about special education. One myth is that kids in special education have to be in a separate classroom. In reality, most kids who get special education services are in the same classroom as kids who don’t. That’s the way the law says it should be.

If you have questions about evaluations, learn about evaluation basics.

Ultimately, you know what’s best for your family and your child. It’s your choice whether or not to have your child evaluated.


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