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Independent Educational Evaluations in Reading, PA

At Thriveworks Reading-Wyomissing, we have certified and licensed psychologists who can perform school aged independent educational evaluations (IEE’s) for students and their families or school districts. Evaluations include a comprehensive assessment of intellectual, achievement, and psychological functioning. Find out if you are entitled to an Independent Educational Evaluation.

What is an Independent Educational Evaluation?

Your child is entitled to a free evaluation from your school district. However if you disagree with the school’s evaluation (the results, conclusions, or recommendations), or if you feel they did not assess the student in all areas of suspected disability, you are entitled to a free independent educational evaluation. However, it is highly suggested that you ask and receive approval before moving forward. If the school approves it, you may pick from a list of evaluators that they give you, or you can choose your own evaluator as long as they are qualified.

What if They Say No?

If the school does not approve your request for an independent educational evaluation, then the school must file for a due process hearing and prove that their evaluation is appropriate and your request is unwarranted. If the final decision is upheld and the school districts evaluation was found appropriate, you still have the right to pursue an independent educational evaluation, it would just not be at the school’s expense. You would have to pay out of your pocket for it.

Who Pays for Independent Educational Evaluations?

If you disagree with the school’s evaluation (the results, conclusions, or recommendations), or if you feel they did not assess the student in all areas of suspected disability, you are entitled to a free independent educational evaluation, and this is at the expense of the school district. However, also remember that even if the schools final decision is no, you still have the right to pursue an independent educational evaluation. It would just be an additional cost to you. An independent evaluation is often more extensive and is not covered by insurance.

What is the Ultimate Goal of an Independent Educational Evaluation?

The main goal of an independent educational evaluation is to identify whether your child meets the eligibility requirements for special education services and to make appropriate recommendations for interventions and accommodations. This is done by conducting a comprehensive independent education evaluation that includes detailed information about the student’s strengths and weaknesses.

How Long Does It Take?

A comprehensive independent evaluation can take time. Testing can take anywhere between 4 and 8 hours depending on the needs and functioning of the particular student and may need to be spread out over multiple sessions. Every effort is made to keep the student as comfortable as possible throughout the entire process.

What’s Included in an Independent Educational Evaluation?

Comprehensive evaluations include:

  • Interview with student, parents, teachers, and others as needed
  • Review of educational records
  • Observations
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Academic Assessment
  • Social/Emotional/Behavioral Assessment
  • Neuropsychological Assessment as needed
  • Report with child’s strengths, weaknesses, conclusions, diagnosis, and detailed and individualized recommendations.

What Happens After the Independent Educational Evaluation?

It is important to remember that after an independent educational evaluation, a multidisciplinary school team may still need to decide eligibility. This is a group of qualified professionals and the parents of the child who will review the results and determine a two part question: 1.) If the child has a disability and 2.) Whether the child needs special education services and/or related services. The recommendations that the independent education evaluation provides is not prescriptive and there is no guarantee that the school will follow through on recommended interventions. Often times schools recommend services that are what the school has available rather than what the student needs. However, it also needs to be “reasonable.” If problems arise, there are educational advocates that can assist families as well as us!

How Can Thriveworks-Reading/Wyomissing Help?

If you are looking for an independent educational evaluation, call Thriveworks Reading-Wyomissing. We can help. We have certified and licensed psychologists who can provide independent educational evaluations. We understand that it is often like sifting through thick alphabet soup to find your way through the education system. There is so much jargon and it can be overwhelming. Call us. We can help you navigate your way throughout the murky waters. Let’s get your child “thriving” in school!

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