Preparing for the evaluation

The school must get your permission, or consent, to schedule the evaluation.

If you say yes, the school will write up a notice that explains what will happen during the evaluation.

After you give your consent, the school must finish the evaluation within 60 school days.

Here's what you can do:

Image of a document and a pencil.Sign the form to give consent for the evaluation. if you don't want to, talk with your child's teacher or the school department liaison. Explain your concerns. 

Image of a ruled paper binder 'Gather paperwork that may help describe you child's issues. (Medical records with diagnosis or test results, notes from a preschool teacher or caregiver).

Image of exceptional lives parent character Paula writing in a notebook.Be ready  to describe your own concerns. It is very helpful to write them down ahead of time!


Make sure the school evaluates all areas of concern

There are different kinds of evaluations. A variety of assessment tools and strategies must be used to gather important information about your child.

The school is required to check all areas where you or they suspect a disability.

Here's what you can do:

  • Ask what kind of evaluations they plan to do.

  • Make sure they plan to asses all the areas you're concerned about.

For example:

  • If you have concerns about your child's behavior, ask for a Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA). This can tell you if your child could use a behavioral plan, which uses positive strategies to help them.

  • If you're concerned about your child's social interactions or how well they can regulate their emotions, that's something they can evaluate.

  • They can also check your child's physical abilities: using their hands to hold things like crayons or pencils, or walking and climbing.


 Source: LA DOE, Federation for Children with Special Needs