School Denies Evaluation Request

The short answer is that it depends on the rationale provided by the school district. In general, if you are requesting an initial evaluation for special education services there are few circumstances where a school can deny an evaluation outright.… Read the rest

Q & A: Independent Evaluations

When there is reason to suspect a learning disability, the school district is required to do an evaluation to determine present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP). Many parents, eager to learn how to help their child, defer… Read the rest

Evaluation Fundamentals

For a child with learning disabilities or ADHD, the evaluation is the first step toward addressing his issues. Knowing what to expect will ease your fears and your child’s and ensure that the results are used appropriately. Evaluation Goals A… Read the rest

Has Your Child Had an AT Evaluation?

For students with learning disabilities, technology is an important tool in leveling the playing field, providing struggling students with the ability to access educational material that may otherwise prove challenging to understand. As Assistive Technology (AT) continues to evolve, the… Read the rest

The Case for A Private Evaluation

By Devon MacEachron, Ph.D. School districts may conduct evaluations under certain mandated conditions. Although these evaluations are free of charge, there are potential drawbacks. Before your child can receive an evaluation, he typically must meet the following criteria: Be performing… Read the rest