If you think your child might have a learning or attention issue and decide to have her evaluated, you need to make a formal request to her school. Here are the steps to take when you’re making that request.
Find out where to send your request.
Be specific about why you’re requesting the evaluation.
Write as much as you need to about your concerns. Don’t be afraid to say things like, “I’m requesting my child be evaluated to see if she has dyslexia.”
Consent to your child being evaluated.
Say explicitly in your letter that you are giving consent for your child to be evaluated. Request a “Consent to Evaluate” form to sign.
Make sure the letter arrives.
Hand-deliver it or send it via certified mail (“return receipt requested”). If you hand-deliver the letter, ask for a date-stamped, signed copy for your records.
After five days, if you haven’t heard anything, check in with the school. You can do this by phone, but send an email or letter to confirm the next steps that were agreed upon in that conversation.