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An Independent Evaluation is an evaluation done by a qualified person who is not employee of the school district.
Parent may request an Independent evaluation if they disagree with the school district evaluation.
The school district must pay for an independent Evaluation or request a due process hearing to show that its evaluation is appropriate.
A parent may also have a child evaluated by an independent professional at their expense.
The IEP team must consider the recommendations of an independent evaluation when designing a program for the child, as long as the evaluation meets the same requirements as the school district evaluation.
An Independent Evaluation may be used as evidence at a due process hearing.
In order to request an Independent Evaluation the School District must have conducted an Evaluation and you DISAGREE with their findings/evaluation.
Put your request in writing, (click here for sample letter) send original to the Principal of the School where your child attends, and send a copy to the Regional Special Education Director and/or Case Manager, and to your Advocate and/or Lawyer.