California Special Education Assessments
Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE)
A parent has the right to an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) at district expense if the parent disagrees with an evaluation obtained by the public agency. If a parent requests an IEE at district expense, the district must, without unnecessary delay, either file a due process complaint to request a hearing to show that its evaluation is appropriate or ensure that an IEE is provided at district expense.
If the school district files a due process complaint to request a hearing and the final decision is that the agency’s evaluation is appropriate, the parent still has the right to an IEE, but only at personal, and not district expense. If a parent requests an IEE, the public agency may ask for the parent’s reason for objecting to the public evaluation. However, the public agency may not require the parent to provide an explanation and may not unreasonably delay either providing the IEE at public expense or filing a due process complaint to request a due process hearing to defend the public evaluation.
Essentially, when a parent requests an IEE, a school district has two options: (1) Grant the IEE, choose an assessor with the parent, and pay for it; or (2) Take the parent to due process to defend the district’s own assessment. The district can request an explanation from the parent as to why they disagree with the district’s assessment, but the parent is not required by law to provide such an explanation, and a school district cannot make the provision of an IEE depend on the parent providing an explanation.
The elements that constitute an inappropriate assessment are very child-specific, and can be extremely difficult to know. In the development of your child’s educational program, the assessment is the foundation which goals and supports and services are built upon. Advocates for Angels have extensive experience with reviewing assessments, and are specifically trained in testing measures used by school districts and private assessors. A review of your child’s cumulative school file will show the advocate your child’s apparent needs, and also allow the advocate to review any and all assessments of your child to determine whether or not your child may be entitled to an IEE at district expense.
Your first step in meeting the needs of your child is to secure an accurate and complete assessment. Don’t delay in making the decision to get the help you need to receive an appropriate educational program for your child. Contact Valerie Aprahamian to receive effective and efficient advocacy assistance with the goal of improving the life of your child and give them the best chance for an independent future.