Assessments - Educating Children with Disabilities

Evaluating and Assessing Disabilities

The assessment process begins when someone requests an evaluation of the child. At that time, you should receive a procedural safeguards notice from the school. The school evaluates your child with observations or tests. Next is a meeting with a multidisciplinary team to determine if your child is eligible for special education services. 

If the disability or impairment affects your child's access to academic or extracurricular services, your child has a disability that is protected under Section 504 and should receive a Section 504 Plan.

If the disability or impairment affects your child’s academic achievements, your child is entitled to special education or related services, and your child should receive an individualized educational program (IEP).

If the evaluation does not show disabilities, then nothing further will happen unless you ask for an IEE or dispute the evaluation.


Drupal Block to Reference

Links to special education articles
IDEA & Section 504ConceptsFair and Appropriate Public EducationChild FindKinds of SchoolsPublic SchoolsPrivate SchoolsSpecial SchoolsDisability Evaluating and Assessingby Parent Requestby School RequestIndependent Educational EvaluationOngoing EvaluationsSpecial Education and Related ServicesSection 504 PlanIndividualized Educational ProgramExtended School YearTransition PlanDispute ProcessDue ProcessState ComplaintOffice of Civil RightsAdministrative AppealMediationDiscplineChange of PlacementManifestation DeterminationInterim Alternative Educational SettingTerms and Definitions

Because of the generality of the information on this site, it may not apply to a given place, time, or set of facts. It is not intended to be legal advice, and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations