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Are you worried that your child (age 2 years 9 months - 20 years) is not keeping up with their peers.  Perhaps your doctor has recommended that you look into services at school.

In order for your child to receive any special support services from the school district, your child must be evaluated. It does not matter if you have an outside evaluation saying your child has difficulties.  The school district must do its own evaluation.  For a student to receive an evaluation, someone must request the evaluation.  A request for an evaluation is called a “referral” in education lingo.

Anyone can make a “referral for evaluation”, including you or another person involved in the education or care of your child.  However, it is up to the parent or guardian to consent to the evaluation. 



The request will trigger specific timelines that the school must follow:

  • The school has 15 school days to respond to the request.
  • The school district has 45 school days to conduct the evaluation after receiving a signed consent from a parent or guardian.
  • The school district has 30 calendar days after completing the evaluation to hold an ARD meeting to review the results of the evaluation, determine eligibility, and develop an IEP if a child is found eligible for services.

Note: School days do not include any day that a student is not in school, such as:

  • Weekends

  • Student Holidays

  • Staff Development Days

  • Spring Break

  • Winter Break

  • Summer Break

Also Note: If a student is absent more than three (3) days after the consent for evaluation is signed, the school district may extend the 45 school day timeline by the number of absences.


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