The purpose of a special education evaluation is to get a concrete, detailed understanding of the educational support your child needs.
This video from Alison Morris, a special education attorney at Cuddy Law Firm, explains what a special education evaluation should cover.
Special education evaluations should gather more comprehensive information than informal observations or impressions can provide.
An evaluation should include:
Special education evaluations come in two major types:
Ultimately your child’s evaluation should identify the types of special education services and learning settings your child needs, so those resources can be outlined in your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).
You’ll want to make sure to carefully read your child’s evaluations before you go into meetings to create their IEP. If you haven’t received evaluations that you know should be coming, ask the school district to provide them and give you time to study them, so you’ll be fully prepared for an IEP meeting.
For a full picture on getting the right evaluations for your child, watch the full video from Cuddy Law Firm, a national team of special education lawyers.