Letter to Request Assessment
Parents may start the assessment process by making a written request for assessment when they have concerns their child, ages 3 through 22, may need special education. A school may also make a referral for assessment by requesting written permission to evaluate your child. The purpose of the evaluation is to see if he or she has a disability and requires special education services.
To request assessment to determine whether your child is eligible for special education services, submit a written letter to the School District Special Education Director. For a sample letter to request assessment, click here.
You will want to retain proof of the letter’s delivery. Consider sending the letter “return/receipt requested” from the post office. Or hand deliver and ask that your letter be date stamped and a copy of this given to you before you leave. Or fax your letter and print your “successful transmission” fax report and follow up by phone to ensure the letter was received.
A written letter triggers an important timeline under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) law:
In an initial IEP meeting, you and administrative, educational, and assessor team members will discuss the assessment results and make a determination whether the child qualifies for special education services. If your child qualifies, an IEP document will be developed.
If your child is currently enrolled by you in private school, you must request assessment from the school district in which the private school is located, even if this is not the district in which you live. If your child is preschool age, send your request to your district of residence.
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