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(2.16) Are there documents that I may have that would help in the assessment process?

(2.16) Are there documents that I may have that would help in the assessment process?

Yes. Various professional reports that you may have received on your child from other sources — such as a regional center or doctors — would help the assessment process. For example, speech and language, occupational and physical therapy, neurological or ophthalmological reports; current teachers’ observations (from preschool or a different district); respite, recreational or camp personnel observations; and special medical reports are often useful. School districts generally ask you to share the other professional reports with them to assist in determining your child’s needs.  In fact, any independent evaluation provided to the school district by the parent must be considered in any decision related to the student’s programming and services. [34 C.F.R. Sec. 300.305(a)(1)(i); Cal. Ed. Code Sec. 56329(c).] Failure of a school district to consider independent evaluation reports on your child also constitutes a denial of a free and appropriate public education because it prevents meaningful parent participation in the IEP development process. [Student v. Los Angeles Unified School District (2015) 65 IDELR 246.]