What is Evaluation?

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What is an evaluation?

An evaluation is a series of steps are needed to look at (or evaluate) your child’s strengths, weaknesses and school performance. These steps can help you to determine if your child has a learning issue and/or an attention issue.

For a child that is 3 to 18 years old, an evaluation can be requested from the child’s school district. It does not matter if your child attends private school or is home schooled; you can still request an evaluation from your zoned school district. Before your child can receive special education and related services, the school must give him/her a comprehensive evaluation. This process is guided by legal rules in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). A teacher, your child’s doctor, principal, or you as a parent can request an evaluation.

Different types of evaluations can be conducted by your school district. If your school district conducts a Comprehensive Multidisciplinary Evaluation, the information from this evaluation can be used to help develop your child’s IEP or 504 if needed.

Your child’s evaluation may include the following evaluations:

  • Psychological Evaluation
  • Psychoeducational/Educational/Cognitive Testing
  • Neuropsychological Evaluation
  • Speech and Language Evaluation
  • Social History
  • Occupational Therapy Evaluation
  • Physical Therapy Evaluation
  • Medical Evaluation
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