If you’ve chosen to have your child tested for learning and thinking differences, you’ve taking a big step toward getting extra support for your child. But what actually happens during the evaluation process?
There are many benefits to getting your child evaluated. But the main one is finding out if your child is eligible for special education services.
The tests your child takes will provide information that the IEP team can use to make decisions about services. Not all schools handle evaluation the same way.
In most schools evaluation is called a “comprehensive educational evaluation.” Check for Educational Evaluations in US at UT Evaluators,
Here’s an overview of the main things to expect during and after an evaluation.
What to Expect During an Evaluation
The professionals who evaluate your child will:
A. Read and review your child’s records, work samples and screenings
B. Speak with you and your child’s teacher about your concerns
C. Provide questionnaires to get background information about your child
D. Observe your child in the classroom
E. Talk to your child
F. Use standardized tests or other methods to learn about your child’s skills
You may or may not be present during your child’s testing. Testing may occur at school. But if your child is tested by outside evaluators, you might need to take your child to their offices.
If your child is taking many different tests, the evaluation may take place over a span of many days. But it will all be completed within 60 days of the referral for evaluation, unless your state has implemented a different timeline.
Even if you’re not present, you can still play an active role by asking to be informed when testing will take place. That gives you the opportunity to help prepare your child for testing. You may also want to touch base with the evaluator to set up a time to share information.
Your child is likely to be pulled out of the classroom to participate in some testing. It’s a good idea to speak with your child ahead of time to prepare him for this.
Letting him know that these are not the kind of tests he can prepare for may reduce stress.For more information on Educational Evaluations in US visit Incmanifesto
What to Expect After the Evaluation
Once the testing is done, each evaluator will write a report about the results. The report will include information about why your child was referred for testing. It should also provide scores and a summary of what the evaluator learned.
An IEE also will include recommendations for how to help your child. A school evaluation won’t include recommendations because those are discussed at the IEP team meeting.
You will sit down with the team of professionals at a meeting to go over the results. They help determine your child’s eligibility for special education services.
Be sure to ask questions, and speak up if you don’t agree with the results of testing. You also should put your objections in writing.
Keep in mind that you’re an important part of the team. You’re all working to find solutions for your child. The information you get from an evaluation can point you in the right direction.
It can help you talk to teachers about classroom supports, explore treatment options and explain to your child why he is struggling. All of those steps can help your child feel less frustrated and more hopeful.