Initial Evaluation, Reevaluation, and Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)
The purpose of initial evaluation is to determine if a student is eligible for special education services and to identify the student’s needs, which will be used to develop an appropriate IEP and to identify strategies that will address the student’s areas of need.
The evaluation process involves gathering information from a variety of sources about a child’s functioning and development in all areas of suspected disability, including any information the parent has provided from a private evaluation and/or outside source for the group to consider when determining eligibility. The assessments used during an evaluation may look at cognitive, behavioral, physical, and developmental factors, as well as other areas of suspected disability. All this information is used to determine your student’s educational needs.
The LEA has 60 calendar days (exception – summer break) to complete the initial evaluation and the evaluation report must be shared with the parent 10 days prior to the IEP meeting for the evaluation report (unless the parent agrees to waive).
Once the multi-disciplinary evaluation team determines a child is eligible for Special Education services, the LEA has 30 calendar days to develop an IEP.
A reevaluation is used to confirm a student’s continued eligibility for special education and related services. IDEA 2004 and the IDEA 2006 Regulations state, “Reevaluation for students with disabilities must occur once every 3 years, unless the parent and the public agency agree that a reevaluation is unnecessary.” §300.303(b)(2). However, under the PARC Consent Decree, students with intellectual disabilities must be reevaluated every 2 years in Pennsylvania. Parents of students with intellectual disabilities cannot waive this right, and there are no exceptions.
- The reevaluation still must be completed and presented to the parents within 60 calendar days (not including summer days) of parental consent and by the anniversary date of the previous Evaluation/Reevaluation Report.
- After the additional data are collected and analyzed, the findings and interpretation of the additional data are written into the RR. Conclusions regarding eligibility are made.
- A copy of the RR must be given to the parent at least 10 school days prior to the meeting of the IEP team. The RR becomes part of the student’s educational record.
- The student’s IEP must be reviewed and revised within 30 calendar days of the completion of the RR.
- Reevaluation is not required for another 2 years for students with intellectual disabilities and for 3 years for all other students with disabilities.
Independent Educational Evaluation
If you disagree with the results of an evaluation conducted by the district, you may request an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) at public expense. An IEE means an evaluation conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the public agency responsible for the education of the child in question.
While a request for an IEE is not required to be in writing, a written request is encouraged because it can serve as documentation of your request. When your request for an IEE is granted, the school district must provide you with a list of names of possible examiners and provide the evaluation to you at no cost.
If the school district denies your request for an IEE at public expense, the district must initiate a due process hearing within 15 calendar days to show that its evaluation was appropriate.
A parent may opt to use a qualified examiner not included on the District’s list, however an evaluator must meet the school district’s criteria for being qualified to administer the independent evaluation. The district can provide you with this information.
The school district must consider the results of any IEE that meets district criteria. The school district, however, is not required to adopt all of the recommendations contained within an IEE and must give you Prior Written Notice regarding decisions made about the recommendations made in an IEE.
The Warren County School District recommends parents seeking Independent Evaluation Services consult with the following Psychologists:
Douglas A. Della Toffalo, Ph.D., BSNP 1-724-496-5717
Karen Staab, Ph.D. 1-814-881-8782 or firstname.lastname@example.org