Evaluations: Identifying & Addressing
Learning Problems

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ISSN: 1538-320
January 21, 2020

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image of young girl student with evaluatorYour school system, under IDEA, is required to fully evaluate any child who may need special education services.

The evaluation should be in "all areas related to the suspected disability." (34 CFR 300.304)

The school must notify you in writing before the evaluation, before providing or changing your child's special ed services, and must obtain your parental consent.

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you will learn what the law requires for evaluations and the benefits of a comprehensive evaluation. Find out how assessments answer questions about your child and measure progress.

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What You Should Know about School Evaluations

Refusing to let the school evaluate your child can backfire if you need to ask for more or for different services later.

It may also affect your ability to have the school system pay for an independent evaluation.

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Using Tests to Uncover Learning Problems

This is your child. The stakes are high.  You want to—no, you have to—make informed decisions.

Get an overview of developmental assessments and learn the most common types, find out how to choose an evaluator.

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Why Parents Should Get a Comprehensive Evaluation

As a parent, you must make sure that all areas of possible need are assessed as quickly as possible.

Wrightslaw advises: Ask questions, seek information. A comprehensive evaluation of your child will give you a roadmap for the future.


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