Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE): CAN THE DISTRICT LIMIT THE IEE AREAS OF ASSESSMENT?

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Jenny:  My son’s school district agreed to an IEE and assessor, however, they are trying to limit the area of assessment. There are a few additional areas, that i feel need to be addressed, that I disagree with, as well as a few areas that they failed to assess.
Should an IEE be a full assessment or can the district limit the areas?

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Admin
05/10/2016 3:29 pm

Jenny: Your question is a great example of the information covered in the new Wrightslaw publication that will be available next week – Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2015. OSEP Policy Letter to Baus, 02/23/15 is in this new book.

In Legal Developments and Cases 2015, you have all key decisions in special education cases from the Courts of Appeals and cases initiated and settled by the Department of Justice in 2015.
You have all “Dear Colleague” Policy and Guidance letters published by OSEP and OSERS. These Guidance letters are very useful when you need to educate school staff and administrators about their legal responsibilities.

The Special Ed Advocate Newsletter will alert you when the publication goes on sale.

In the meantime, read this:

Independent Educational Evaluations – Letter to Debbie Baus (OSEP Policy Letter, 02/23/15)

“Can a parent request an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) in an area that was not previously assessed by the school district’s evaluation?”

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/acc-14-012562r-baus-iee.pdf

Chuck
05/10/2016 2:05 pm

You need to check the state regulations in IEE’s. Some states allow schools to deny IEEs for evaluations that were not done by the school. Your state parent training & information center can assist you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center/