School wants reasons why I requested IEE...

Discussion in 'Special Ed 101' started by jcox, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. jcox

    jcox New Member

    I have requested IEEs for my son in all areas because I do not believe that the school's testing was adequate. The school since agreed to redo their speech testing and provide him with direct PT services... so I amended that part of my request. I would still like the testing done in the areas of cognitive, neuropsychologist, psychiatric, and educational. The SPED director wants specific reasons why I want each test I want. I wrote that I feel thier testing is inadequate and also they were not comprehensive enough because of my son's diagnoses. Does that sound good? How specific do I have to be with reasoning?
  2. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator

    The school district may ask for your reason, but you do not have to tell them. You simply "disagree with the evaluation."

    They do this in order to limit IEEs which must comply with Initial Evaluations definition unless the parent and school district agree to limit it. In a nut shell, the initial evaluation and IEE's, " In evaluating each child with a disability under §§300.531-300.536, the evaluation is sufficiently comprehensive to identify all of the child's special education and related services needs, whether or not commonly linked to the disability category in which the child has been classified. The child is assessed 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 motor abilities.

    Also, the school district must provide you with a list of where you can get evaluations performed. HOWEVER, you are not required to use the professionals on the school district list. (Frankly, I'd avoid those on the list. Too often those on the list and the school district have too close of a relationship to truly be Independent.")
  3. Sheila

    Sheila Moderator

    One other thing for you to consider.

    I personally do not pay for IEEs and then ask for reimbursement. I select the evaluator(s) and tell the Sp Ed Director to get with-the professional(s) and make payment arrangements prior to proceeding with-appointments.