Wright’s Law – The Special Ed Advocate – A Valuable Parent Resource



Wright’s Law publishes a newsletter called  “The Special Ed Advocate. Parents may find some helpful information there. Below is a sample of their latest newsletter:

Wright’s Law Newsletter


How Independent is a “School Approved” Evaluator?
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In This Issue …

Circulation: 97,336
ISSN: 1538-320
October 7, 2014

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If you disagree with the school district’s evaluation and/or recommendations, you have the right to request an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) at the school district’s expense.

The IEE must be conducted by a qualified examiner who is not employed by the district.

School district’s often attempt to restrict the parent’s choice of evaluators to a list selected by the school.

  • Must parents choose from the school’s “approved list” of evaluators?
  • How independent is an evaluator who has been ‘approved’ by the school?

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate you’ll find the answers to these questions about IEEs and learn strategies for parents to use when requesting an Independent Educational Evaluation.

Please don’t hesitate to forward this issue to other friends, families, or colleagues.

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How Can We Get an Independent Evaluator of our Choice?

We requested an independent evaluation. The school said we have to use an evaluator from their “approved list.” Is this true?

No. But …

Parent attorney Gary Mayerson describes a strategy that parents can use to get an independent evaluation by an evaluator of their choice.

Must Parents Choose from the School’s List of Evaluators

In response to school policies that require parents to select an evaluator from a list of approved evaluators…

…this Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Policy Letter clarifies that parents have the right to choose their independent evaluator.