One of the most critical steps to understanding your child's specific educational needs is obtaining appropriate assessments. Once your child has been appropriately assessed within all areas of need, both yourself and the IEP team will have a much better understanding of how to best maximize your child's learning potential. Therefore, it is important that all parents understand the legal requirement for school districts to comprehensively assess students in all suspected areas of need.
Both federal and state law require that students be assessed in all areas related to their suspected disability, including: health and development, vision, hearing, motor abilities, language function, general intelligence, academic performance, communicative status, self-help, orientation and mobility skills, career and vocational abilities, and social/emotional status.
Additionally, in evaluating each child with a disability, the evaluation must be sufficiently comprehensive to identify all of the child's special education and related service needs, whether or not commonly linked to the disability category under which the child has been classified. If a school district has previously assessed your child, but failed to do so in a manner which is sufficiently comprehensive, you may be entitled to an Independent Educational Evaluation.
If you have any questions regarding special education assessments for your child, please contact Augustin Egelsee.
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