Evaluation Basics

Understanding Evaluations

Having your child tested can be a confusing and emotional process. Use this guide to understand the …

Learning About Evaluations

What does it mean to get your child tested or evaluated? Use this guide to find out what an educatio…

Deciding On an Evaluation

Getting your child evaluated is a big step. Use this guide as a source of information and expert adv…

Requesting an Evaluation

Ready to request an educational evaluation for your child? Use this guide to learn how to get your c…

Preparing for an Evaluation

What do you need to know before your child is tested? Learn what to expect from the education evalua…

Understanding Evaluation Results and Next Steps

Once you get your child's evaluation results, what's next? Use this guide to understand what testing…

Video: Inside a Dyslexia Evaluation

Have you ever wondered what happens in an education evaluation? Watch this video for an inside look …

Dyslexia Testing Results: What They Mean for Instruction and Supports

What do dyslexia test results mean for your child? This chart shows accommodations and instruction t…

6 Steps to Request a Free School Evaluation

How do you request a special education evaluation? Follow these steps to get a free school evaluatio…

Different Terms You May Hear for Evaluations

If your child is getting an evaluation, you'll hear lots of evaluation terms thrown around. Here are…

The Evaluation Process: What to Expect

Knowing what to expect when your child is referred for special education evaluation can make the pro…

Are Evaluations for IEPs and 504 Plans Different?

Is an IEP evaluation the same as a 504 plan evaluation? An expert explains the difference between ev…

Download: Sample Letters for Requesting Evaluations and Reports

Here are sample letters to help with the special education evaluation process. Use them to request a…

Why Your Child’s School May Deny Your Evaluation Request

The school can only deny an evaluation request if it believes there's no evidence your child has a d…

Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs): What You Need to Know

If you disagree with your child's school evaluation results, you can request an independent educatio…

6 Steps to Take If You’re Unsatisfied With a Private Evaluation

Disagree with your child's private evaluation results? Learn about the steps you can take when you'r…

I Disagree With the School’s Evaluation Results. Now What?

Do you disagree with the results of your child's special education evaluation? Here are steps to tak…

Reevaluations for Special Education: What You Need to Know

What's a triennial reevaluation for special education? What about a parent-requested reevaluation? F…

Functional Assessment: What It Is and How It Works

A functional assessment or functional behavior assessment (FBA) looks at the reasons behind a child'…

Is a Functional Assessment the Same Thing as a Formal Evaluation?

If your child is disruptive, the school may want to do a functional assessment. An expert explains w…

Private vs. School Evaluations: Pros and Cons

What's the difference between having your child privately evaluated or to have the school do the tes…

4 Reasons Your Child’s Evaluation Results May Differ

If your child is evaluated for learning issues more than once, it's possible the results may not be …

What to Expect at an IEP Eligibility Meeting

What happens at an IEP eligibility meeting? Find out who'll be there and how the team determines if …

6 Ways Kids Might Respond to an Evaluation Result

Before you discuss your child's evaluation results with her, consider these common emotional respons…

7 Steps to Getting a Private Evaluation for Your Child

Learn how to get a private evaluation for ADHD and other kinds of learning and attention issues. Fin…

8 Things That Go Into an ADHD Evaluation for a Child

What should go into your child's ADHD evaluation? Learn about the key elements of ADHD testing and t…

Questions to Ask the School About Early Screening

In kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, the school might use early screening to identify str…

How to Work With Your Child’s School to Use Outside Evaluation Results

If your child gets a private evaluation, how can you work with the school to use outside evaluation …

Should My Child Study for a Special Education Evaluation?

A special education evaluation involves a lot of testing. But should your child study for an evaluat…

The Discrepancy Model: What You Need to Know

Learn about the discrepancy model and how it determines if a child is eligible for special education…

Year by Year: Early Intervention, Early Screening and Special Education Evaluation

At what ages do kids get early intervention, early screening, and special education? What's the diff…

What Evaluation Testing Results Mean

Is your child being evaluated to determine special education eligibility? The evaluation report will…

13 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Private Evaluator

Are you considering hiring a private evaluator to look at your child's learning and attention issues…

9 Steps to Take If Your Request for Evaluation Is Denied

What can you do if the school denies your request to have your child evaluated for special education…

Private Evaluations: What You Need to Know

Are you considering a private evaluation for learning and attention issues? Here's how independent e…

What Can I Do If the School Is Moving Too Slowly With an Evaluation?

Learn what you can do if the school moves too slowly with a formal evaluation for special education …

Responding to Your Grade-Schooler’s Concerns About Evaluation

For kids, being evaluated for learning and attention issues can raise questions. Here's how to talk …

Evaluation Rights: What You Need to Know

Learn about the individuals with disabilities education act and your child's rights. Understand the …

Are Private Schools Required to Evaluate for Special Education?

Are private schools required to evaluate for special education? An expert explains the evaluation pr…

How to Talk to Your Child About Getting Evaluated

How can you prepare your child for an education evaluation? Find out what to say to kids about speci…

Informed Consent in the Special Education Process: What You Need to Know

Get a definition of informed consent in the evaluation and special education process. Find out when …

5 Conversation Starters for Discussing an Evaluation Report With Teachers

Once your child is evaluated for learning disabilities and ADHD, it's good to talk with the teacher …

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