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Independent Educational Evaluation Program

Having NELDC as your independent evaluator to assess your child allows your child to have an  evaluation that gets results.   The New England Learning and Development  Center's  independent educational evaluation program will pinpoint the specific strengths and challenges affecting your child's learning and or behavioral challenges. By deeply understanding how students learn, we can provide strategies and support to improve academic performance, increase self-confidence and develop success in school and in life.  We have helped many students achieve their dreams of going to onto college or Vocational School of their own choice. 

 

Independent Educational Evaluation  (IEE)

If you, as a parent, disagree agree with the results of the school's special education evaluation of your child, you have the right to obtain  as an Independent Educational Evaluation, or an IEE(§300.502). This means that you may ask that a professional evaluator,  who is not employed by the school district conduct an outside evaluation of your child.

Obtaining  an Independent Educational Evaluation at School Expense

When the student’s parents disagree with the school district’s evaluation and request an IEE at public expense, the school district in most instances must pay for the IEE.  They only way for the school to contest the school having to pay for this evaluation is to initiate a hearing request which is usually much more expensive than agreeing to pay for the requested evaluation in the first place. 
When the student’s parents disagree with the school district’s evaluation and request an IEE at public expense, the school district must pay for the IEE or request a due process hearing - See more at: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/test.iee.steedman.htm#sthash.4RKF3Ek5.dpuf
When the student’s parents disagree with the school district’s evaluation and request an IEE at public expense, the school district must pay for the IEE or request a due process hearing - See more at: http://www.wrightslaw.com/info/test.iee.steedman.htm#sthash.4RKF3Ek5.dpuf

 
 
Parent's  Right to Obtain Independent Educational Evaluation

If you request that a school pay for an IEE there are  two answers the school can give, that are legal.

1. No. We think our evaluation is appropriate. Then the school files for a due process hearing in order to "prove" that  their evaluation is appropriate and that your request for an IEE is unwarranted.

2. Yes. We'll be happy to pay for that. Will you be picking the person on your own or do you need for us to give you an all-inclusive list of every possible evaluator?

Is it illegal for a school to say, "OK. We'll pay for your independent evaluation, but we want you to go see Dr. Expecting  lots of business from us?   Here's his number."

The school district may ask you why you are requesting an IEE but they may not require you to explain your rationale and they must quickly make a decision on how to act upon your request.

 

The office for Special Education (OSEP) addressed the 34 CFR 300.502(a)(2) requirement regarding independent evaluations in "Letter to Young" in 2003. OSEP said that there is nothing in the regulations prohibiting an LEA from providing parents with a list of qualified examiners. If, however, a LEA wants to limit parents to using the examiners on the district's list, the list must be exhaustive, i.e., all qualified examiners in the geographic location must be included on the list. Also, the LEA must include in its policy that parents must have the opportunity to demonstrate  that unique circumstances may justify the selection of an IEE examiner who does not meet the LEA's qualification    criteria and are not on the LEA's list of examiners. Also see 34 CFR 300.502(e).

 

 

                                                                                                                   

           How to write a letter requesting the school district pay for  an Independent Educational Evaluation

   

New England Learning and Development Center | Dartmouth, MA | Phone:508-717-4110

The New England and Learning and Development  Center is a non-profit organization, founded by a school psychologist who saw many students being denied special education services.