Special educational evaluations are crucial in determining and understanding what an individual student's unique needs are. Examples of educational evaluations include: Psychoeducational Assessments, Language and Speech Assessments, Occupational Therapy Assessments, and Functional Behavior Assessments, among many others.
Often times parents may be presented with an assessment that they feel is incomplete or inappropriate. Parents who find themselves in this situation have the right to request an independent educational evaluation at the public's expense based upon the district's failure to appropriately assess their child. It is best for parents to present this request to the school district in writing. Upon receiving a parents request for an Independent Educational Evaluation the school district must, without undue delay either:
1. File a Due Process Complaint in an attempt to prove the appropriateness of their assessment; OR
2. Ensure that the Independent Educational Evaluation is provided at the public's expense.
While it is important to understand that the school District may file a due process complaint to allege the appropriateness of their already completed assessment, if the assessment is found to be incomplete or non-comprehensive, the District will be ordered to fund the independent educational evaluation.
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Navigating the road of special education law can be difficulty and confusing, if you have any questions about your child's special education placement or services, Contact us by email or call us at 714-602-1498 or 866-781-7723 (toll free) for more information.
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