If parental consent for an initial evaluation is given, the school will conduct an evaluation of the child in all areas of suspected disability to determine if he or she has a disability, and to determine his or her educational needs. The evaluation process for the child must:
- Include information about the child’s academic, developmental and functional performance;
- Be administered by trained and knowledgeable personnel;
- Be administered in the child’s native language or other mode of communication; and
- Be unbiased or given in such a way so as not to discriminate against the child, regardless of his or her cultural background, race, or disability.
If the parent does not consent to the initial evaluation, the school may, but is not required to, pursue the evaluation by asking for mediation or requesting a due process hearing. If the school decides not to pursue the evaluation, the school does not violate the requirement under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services.
[Parent’s Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process February 2021]
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