Evaluation results determine what kind of help the school will provide.
Knowing your child’s exact areas of difficulty allows you to get the right support.
Kids and their families often have lots of questions about what results mean.
Need a refresher on evaluation basics? Or maybe you’re still deciding whether your child needs an evaluation or you haven’t yet requested one. If so, go back to a previous step in our evaluation journey:
Your child has had an evaluation, and you’ve gotten the results. Now what? Evaluation results will lead to some sort of action. The school will decide whether or not your child is eligible for
supports and services.
Having results can also help you take action. When you fully understand where your child is struggling, you can pursue the right help and support. You might advocate at school for certain interventions, for instance. You might also look into
types of tutoring that will address your child’s needs.
This guide can help you make sense of evaluation results so you can make informed decisions based on what they show.
Understanding the Evaluation Results
Evaluation results can be confusing. For every answer you get, you’ll likely have new questions. That’s true for school, private, and
early intervention evaluations.
Finding out the reason for their challenges can be a relief for many kids. But it’s not always an easy conversation to have. Your child may have as many questions as you do—or even more. They might also worry about
what other kids think about special education services.
Once you have the evaluation results, you’ll have an eligibility meeting with the evaluation team. That’s when you’ll find out if your child is
eligible for special education services through an
What if the school says your child isn’t eligible? It might recommend support through a
or intervention services. No matter what happens, you can always ask the teacher about
informal supports that might help in class.
Your journey with your child doesn’t stop with the evaluation. In many ways, it’s just beginning. From here, you’ll continue to learn about your child’s challenges and how you can be a source of support and advocacy as your child moves toward becoming a thriving adult.