Download: Sample Letters for Requesting Evaluations and Reports

By Amanda Morin
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Ask for Information About the Referral Process
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Request to Begin the Evaluation Process
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Accept the Evaluation Plan With Conditions
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Reject the Evaluation Plan
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Request the Evaluation Report
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Request an Independent Educational Evaluation at Public Expense
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Once you’ve decided to ask the school to evaluate your child for special education, it’s time to put your request in writing. Sending a letter documents your concerns and that you made the request. It also outlines what you and the school have already tried to do to help your child.

After you request an evaluation, the next step is for your child’s school to approve or deny the request. If it’s approved, you’ll receive an evaluation plan. You can either accept or reject the plan.

Use these sample letters to communicate with the school. Keep in mind that every child’s situation is different, so you’ll need to customize the letters for your needs.

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About the Author

About the Author

Amanda Morin 

worked as a classroom teacher and as an early intervention specialist for 10 years. She is the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education. Two of her children have learning differences.

Reviewed by

Reviewed by

Kristen L. Hodnett, MSEd 

is a clinical professor in the department of special education at Hunter College in New York City.

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