10 things every mom should know about special education evaluations

1. You may ask your school district to evaluate your child for special education services at any time.

2. Your request for a special education evaluation should be in writing.

3. In your request, ask that your school evaluate your child for special education services.
“I am asking that you conduct a full individual and initial evaluation.”

4. Address your written request to your school’s principal and your district’s special education director.

5. Your school district has 15 school days to respond to your request, in writing.

6. If the school agrees to evaluate, they must provide: (a) a written notice proposing to evaluate, (b) a copy of the procedural safeguards notice, and (c) an opportunity for you to give
written consent.

7. Once the school receives your signed consent, they have 45 days to conduct the evaluation.

8. Once the evaluation is complete, the school has 30 calendar days to hold an ARD meeting, review the evaluation results, determine eligibility and develop an IEP.

9. If the school refuses your request, they must provide: (a) written notice refusing to evaluate and (b) a notice of procedural safeguards explaining your legal rights.

10. If you are unhappy with the school district’s decision, you have the right challenge it. Ask for a private, independent evaluation; Request Mediation; File for Due Process.

This material is specific to Texas and intended for informational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice. Please contact your attorney for advice specific to your case.