9 Steps to Take If Your Request for Evaluation Is Denied
A formal evaluation is one of the first steps in getting your child the school services she needs. The general rule is that a school must evaluate your child if it knows or “suspects” she has a disability—this covers many learning and thinking differences. But sometimes a school will refuse to evaluate. Here are steps you can take if that happens.
Ask the school why it refused to evaluate.
If the school refuses to evaluate, it must tell you why in writing. Ask for details about why the school doesn’t suspect your child has a disability. Remember that school evaluators can’t refuse to evaluate your child because they want to use r
esponse to intervention (RTI) first.
Call a meeting with the school.
Discuss your concerns face-to-face and on the record with school officials. If they still refuse to evaluate, ask for information on your
Consider an independent educational evaluation.
independent evaluation can help show your child’s need for
services. The school generally isn’t required to pay for this, however.
Contact a Parent Training and Information Center (PTI).