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(D) Sample Letter – Request for Independent Educational Evaluation

(D) Sample Letter – Request for Independent Educational Evaluation

Yolanda Bleu
Address
City, CA Zip Code
Telephone Number

Date

Victor Verde
Director of Special Education
Local Unified School District
Address
City, CA Zip Code

Re: Max Bleu

Dear Mr. Verde:

We have just received the psychological evaluation of our son, Max, which was completed by district personnel. We disagree with the findings and recommendations of this evaluation.  Because of our disagreement with the results of the district’s evaluation, we would like to obtain an independent assessment at public expense pursuant to Cal. Ed. Code Sec. 56329(b).

[If you believe an independent evaluation is needed, you should give a brief description of current functioning and suspected disability of your child in this request letter. You should, but you do not have to, state your reasons for disagreeing with the results of the school district’s evaluations of your child, such as:

  1. Theschool district’s evaluation was not done by someone who was qualified to perform the evaluation because… (explain why the person who conducted the evaluation for the school district was not qualified and what qualifications are necessary to conduct this kind of evaluation;
  2. The evaluation did not provide enough information on which to base services or placement recommendations at the IEP meeting;
  3. The school district results are at odds with other testing done on your child, so clarification is needed. 

Federal regulations require that you respond to our request “without unnecessary delay”.  34 C.F.R. Sec. 300.502.]

We look forward to working with you to collaboratively agree on a qualified independent assessor and begin to move ahead with the independent assessment.

Sincerely yours,

Yolanda Bleu