Special Education Evaluations in Private School

In order to be considered for a special education evaluation in a private school, the student must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that has been revised in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1975. Generally, an evaluation will include a comprehensive assessment of the student’s present level of functioning, an evaluation of the student’s educational needs, and a recommendation for the appropriate level of instruction.

Special education evaluations in private schools are typically more comprehensive than those in public schools because the private school has more flexibility in meeting the unique needs of its students. Although the evaluation is typically more comprehensive, the process is essentially the same. The student’s parents or guardians are typically involved in the evaluation process and should be able to provide the school with any relevant documentation, such as the IEP.

If the evaluation indicates that the student needs a specific type of instruction not available in the school, the school may request a waiver from the state. If the school cannot provide the necessary instruction, the student may be transferred to a public school.

If you are a parent or guardian of a student who is suspected of having a disability, you should contact your private school to inquire about its evaluation process. If you are not familiar with the evaluation process in your school, you may wish to consult with a specialist.

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