How to Request a Psychoeducational Evaluation From Your School District
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Psychoeducational assessments are essential in determining a child’s eligibility for special education and related services. Typically, standardized testing evaluates a student’s background, cognitive functioning, processing, academic functioning, and social-emotional skills. The process will conclude with eligibility recommendations, as well as recommendations for the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). You might consider an evaluation for your child if he or she has:
Poor grades /low test scores
Social or emotional challenges
Speech and/or language difficulties
Issues with memory, concentration, and/or attention
To request a psychoeducational assessment, you will need to:
Have a discussion: Plan a meeting with your child’s teacher, counselor, and/or principal to discuss your concerns and gather observations from your child’s education team. Ask about the procedure for requesting an evaluation and to whom the request should be made.
Write up your request: Requests for an evaluation are typically required to be in writing. Your school may have a form or you can find one online. A letter may also be acceptable. Be specific about why you’re requesting the evaluation, including if your child already has a diagnosed condition, like ADHD or anxiety. If writing a letter, be sure to include your consent so the school will be able to conduct the assessments if your request is approved.
Submit the request: If hand delivering the request, ask for a date-stamped, signed copy for your records. Sending the request by certified mail or fax is also a good option.
Follow-up: The school is required to provide a written response. Reach out if you haven’t heard from them within two weeks. Phone conversations should be followed up with an e-mail outlining what was discussed and the next steps.
Review and sign the assessment plan: If your request is approved, review the plan to ensure all areas of concern are being evaluated. This is also the time to request a written copy of the reports prior to the IEP.
It is important to note that the process for requesting a psychoeducational assessment may vary slightly depending on the school district and state laws. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the specific procedures in your area and consult with a professional, such as a special education advocate or attorney, if you have any questions or concerns.