Independent Educational Evaluations: What? How? Why? Who Pays?
by Wayne Steedman, Esq. - Parents and school personnel are
often confused about what constitutes an independent educational
evaluation (IEE) and how the evaluation is to be used. This
article addresses what constitutes an IEE, the value of an IEE,
what the law requires of school districts, and who is financially
responsible for an IEE.
Get a Comprehensive Psychoeducational Evaluation of Your Child
- Before you can make wise decisions about your child's special
education program, you need accurate information about the child's
strengths, weaknesses and educational needs.
Question: We have requested an
independent educational evaluation and the school district has
agreed to the doctor we have chosen. The district says it will pay
up to $1000-1200 of whatever our private insurance doesn't cover.
I thought that the IEE was supposed to be at public expense. Do I
have to use my insurance? Answer:
Click here to see John's Answer.
Factors to Consider when
Selecting an Expert by Rosemary Palmer, Esq.
Using an Expert as An Effective Resource by Jennifer L. Bollero,
Esq. - Expert opinions are necessary in special education. No
matter how knowledgeable they are about their disabled children,
parents should rely on the opinions of trained professionals to help
them make informed decisions about therapeutic and educational
interventions. School districts will also rely on these professionals
to help them design and deliver specialized education. All parties
must recognize the important roles played by these professionals.
Observations from the Transom by Brice Palmer - Beyond the
technical, legal, and ethical considerations of expert witness
testimony is the continuing effort by education agencies and their
legal counsel to restrict the ability of parent attorneys and
advocates to adequately argue on behalf of disabled children and their
Evaluations Fact Sheet Now Available!
Exclusive: IDEA Protections
for Evaluation & Assessment Now Available!
Read the article Parts 1 - 4:
Should Know about Evaluations"
- Your school system, under IDEA and
its state counterparts, is required to fully evaluate any child
who may need special education services "in all areas related to
the suspected disability, including, if appropriate, health,
vision, hearing, social and emotional status, general
intelligence, academic performance, communicative status, and
School Psychology Homepage - This site has a very nice
description of the testing process for school evaluations.
The author is a Michigan School Psychologist.