IEP Evaluation

Your child struggles in math class, and the teacher’s interventions—extra help after school, a chance to correct his mistakes—don’t help. A scenario like this doesn’t make your child eligible for an IEP. Two things must happen before a child can get special education services.

1. An IEP evaluation. Parents, teachers, a counselor, a doctor or anyone else who suspects a child is struggling can request and evaluation. The school psychologist and other professionals, such as SouthEast VE, may give your child various tests. They also may observe your child in the classroom.

Remember the assessment that the school provides MAY NOT be comprehensive or address all the issues. Also, it can take several months before they will Schedule an IEP Evaluation. This is my Many Parents Seek Private Providers for these services. Keep in mind that a physician or another medical professional—not the school—diagnose medical conditions, including ADJD. School evaluators don’t offer “diagnoses.” Find out more about the comprehensive evaluation process.

2. A decision. The IEP team, which includes parents and school officials, decides whether or not your child needs special education services in order to learn the general education curriculum. IDEA says that having any of 13 disabilities may qualify a child for special education. The school and parents review the evaluation and determine whether the results show that your child needs services and supports.

If the IEP team agrees that your child needs services, then the next step is to create an IEP. If your child is found ineligible, you can still try and get services for your child. For instance, you might pursue a 504 plan.

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