IEP evalution waived since “no information needed at this time”

Every three years students’ with IEPs are suppose to have a three-year evaluation conducted by the public school district unless a parent becomes convinced that it is not necessary.  Parents unknowingly may be convinced by school personnel that adequate information and knowledge the school has about the student does not make it necessary for the school to conduct evaluations, test, assesments, etc.

Parents might not realize that a three-year evaluation is a safeguard that Congress put into place for our kids so that they don’t slip through the system.  If a parent “waives” the three-year evaluation, potentially it could be six years before the student is adequately evaluated!  Think of the changes a child makes in six years!

Unfortunately time passes quickly and before we know our kid is a teenager and struggling at school.  If the three-year evaluation had been done, perhaps the school would have a better understanding of the student’s needs and abilities.

Parents can request a re-evaluation during the school year as long as they have not had the school do one within the past year.  It may be a good idea to ask the school to repeat the same tests done previously, so that progress or regression can be tracked using the same standard.

Keep in mind it often takes almost half of a school year for the school to conduct evaluations and finalize them. If you recently signed a paper at the school “waiving” a three-year evaluation, parents can consider requesting a re-evaluation.

To draw this scenario out even longer, if the parents disagrees with the public school’s evaluation, the parent may seek evaluations by outside (independent) professionals, which often takes weeks (perhaps even months) to get an appointment. This lengthy process works against the precious learning time of our child.

Some evaluations are costly to conduct so a parent can waive specific evaluations, to same your public school district money.

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1 thought on “IEP evalution waived since “no information needed at this time”

  1. I want to caution parents about re-evals. Some directors of special education will order up to 50 man hours of testing and writing to produce these monstrosities that set unread in a file. While districts pore over the accuracy of every number, they ignore the progress their students make on IEP goals. I have seen very bright students enter middle school as non readers and their files do not tell why. No one challenged the teachers as to their lack of progress. If parents demanded to see tangible evidence of attempts made to fulfill IEP goals during a school year, this would stop. . Every child with an IEP deserves this kind of scrutiny. I have tried my best to keep records in my classroom of severely handicapped students to show that I attempted to fulfill their IEPs . I do not know anyone else who does, I’m sorry to say. Hold your child’s teacher accountable; demand that you see records showing progress. Review that progress often, twice a month is not out of line. You will not need a re-eval to see where your child has progressed because you will already know. And for heaven’s sake, read your child’s IEP as soon as you get it. I am continually surprised at those parents who do not read the IEPs and are later surprised at what did not get into it.

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