Independent Educational Evaluations
A parent/guardian who disagrees with the results or content of an evaluation performed or obtained by the district may request an independent educational evaluation at district expense. A parent/guardian is entitled to only one (1) independent educational evaluation at public expense each time the district conducts an evaluation with which the parent/guardian disagrees. The independent educational evaluation must arise from parents’/guardians’ disagreement with the district’s most recent evaluations or reevaluations of the student. The district shall be entitled to a copy of all results of independent educational evaluations conducted at public expense. If an oral request for an independent educational evaluation is made to a professional employee or administrator, that person shall inform the parent/guardian that the request must be in writing. If the native language of the parent/guardian is other than English, the requirement that the parent/guardian make his/her request in writing shall be conveyed by whatever means practicable and, where feasible, in the native language of the parent/guardian.
A written request for an independent educational evaluation at district expense shall be immediately forwarded to the Supervisor of Special Education, who may, upon receipt of the written parent/guardian request, ask that the parent/guardian state his/her reasons for disagreement with the evaluation conducted or proposed by the district. The district cannot require the parent/guardian to do so, and the refusal of the parent/guardian shall not delay the process required by this policy.
The criteria under which the independent educational evaluation at public expense is obtained must be the same as the criteria used by the district in conducting an appropriate evaluation, including the location of the evaluation and the qualifications of the examiner, to the extent those criteria are consistent with the parent’s/guardian’s right to an independent educational evaluation at public expense. The qualified examiners who conduct the independent educational evaluation may not be employed by the public agency responsible for the education of the student.
Within ten (10) school days of receipt of a request for an independent educational evaluation in writing from a parent/guardian, the Supervisor of Special Education shall either initiate a due process hearing to show that the district’s evaluation is appropriate and notify the parent/guardian in writing that s/he has done so or issue to the parent/guardian correspondence containing:
Upon request, the district shall provide to parents/guardians information about where an independent educational evaluation may be obtained.
If the evaluation has already been conducted and paid for, the district shall issue correspondence advising the parent/guardian that the district will not reimburse the parent/guardian for the evaluation until it receives a complete and unredacted copy of the report of the evaluation and determines that the evaluation is in compliance with this policy. The district shall require documentation substantiating that the parents/guardians paid for or incurred the obligation to pay for the evaluation without reimbursement from a public or private source of insurance or reimbursement.
The Supervisor of Special Education shall send the correspondence to the parent/guardian by certified mail or by other independently verifiable means of conveyance and enclose a copy of this policy.
The Supervisor of Special Education shall maintain a list of qualified independent evaluators in each of the various disciplines commonly relied upon to provide education-related evaluations and assessments and shall promptly make that list available to any parent/guardian who requests it.