Can I refuse to let the school evaluate my child?

By Barbara Hubert, MSEd

Question:

The school sent a letter saying they want to evaluate my child for special education. I’m not sure I want them to do this. Can I refuse to let the school do an evaluation?

Answer:

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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    About the author

    Barbara Hubert, MSEd an adjunct instructor at Hunter College, teaches grad students how to create supportive, accessible, inclusive classrooms.