Parent Survey on Private Evaluations. Interested?

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This study defines a private evaluation as one completed outside of the school. If you had a private evaluation for your child completed in the last five (5) years, you are eligible to participate. 

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Hello! My name is Erin Jerome. I am a doctoral candidate with Alfred University and certified school psychologist. I am looking for participants for a research project that examines why parents seek private evaluations for their children.

As a school psychologist for 7 years, I often met with parents that had chosen to pay for an evaluation rather than have the school complete the evaluation at no charge. At this time there has been no research on why a parent would make this decision. This is your opportunity to share your experiences, and viewpoints in order to inform the educational field.

This research project consists of a survey that will take you approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. The survey consists of items related to background information on you and your child, as well as ratings regarding your interactions with the school system.

No personal risks are expected for participants while completing the survey, but it is possible you may feel some emotional discomfort while considering survey items. Your decision to participate is voluntary and you are free to discontinue your participation at any time by exiting the survey without consequence.

All of your responses are anonymous and your name is not included in any portion of the survey and has not been shared with researcher. All survey responses will be maintained on a password protected computer with access available only to researcher. All responses will be kept confidential and private.

To complete the survey please follow the attached link:

If you have any questions, or would like research results shared with you, please contact me at ebj1 |at|

If you have any questions now, or later, related to the integrity of the research you are encouraged to contact my faculty advisor, Dr. Lynn O’Connell at oconnelm |at|; or Dr. Danielle Gagne, Chair of the Alfred University Human Subjects Research Committee at hsrc |at|

In addition, if you know any other parents that have sought private evaluation you may choose to forward this email with survey link to them for participation. Thank you for your time and support!

Erin Jerome MA CAS
Doctoral Candidate

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