RTI cannot be used to delay or deny evaluation

Read OSEP’s memo on RTI and evaluation. Writing to the state directors of special education, OSEP addresses how a RTI process (response to intervention) cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation for eligibility under IDEA. (updated August 2012) http://www.rti4success.org/resourcetype/memo-response-intervention-rti-process-cannot-be-used-delay-deny-evaluation-eligibility … [Read more...]

Requesting an Initial Evaluation for Special Education Services

From our series of model letters...because sometimes you need to communicate with the school about your child's education. 3rd edition, January 2011 Model letter, in PDF (see page 12) En español | In Spanish   This short publication comes from a much longer Parent's Guide that focuses on communicating with your child's school via letter writing. There are times when you, as a parent, may want to communicate in writing with … [Read more...]

Independent Educational Evaluation Reimbursement under the IDEA: An Update

September 2013 Read the article (PDF) About this Article The 2004 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) legislation and the 2006 IDEA regulations left largely unchanged the parent’s conditional right to obtain an independent educational evaluation (IEE) at public expense. The specified conditions form what amounts to a flowchart-like framework akin to the multi-step test for tuition reimbursement under the IDEA.  The … [Read more...]

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