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“What is a special education evaluation? Who is involved?”

A special education evaluation consists of a collection of assessments, observations and interviews designed to create a comprehensive view of a child’s abilities.

If you are seeking special education services through a public school system, then Pupil Appraisal will complete the evaluation at no cost to you. Pupil Appraisal teams include a school psychologist, educational diagnostician, and an IEP facilitator.

For the initial evaluation, the school must have written consent from the parent or court appointed guardian of the child. (In extreme cases, the school system may seek to complete an evaluation without parental consent with intervention from the court system.)

The evaluation process must be completed within sixty business days. The evaluation should include data in every area of weakness and should identify strengths and weaknesses.

When the evaluation is complete, there will be a meeting to discuss whether or not your child is eligible for special education services.

For more information on what happens next, stay tuned for the next blog entry!

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