Evaluating Children for Disability (Accurate and updated information as of October 2021) (English and Spanish) (Center for Parent Information & Resources, CPIR)
Evaluation is an essential beginning step in the special education process for a child with a disability. Before a child can receive special education and related services for the first time, a full and individual initial evaluation of the child must be conducted to see if the child has a disability and is eligible for special education. Informed parent consent must be obtained before this evaluation may be conducted.
The evaluation process is guided by requirements in Part B of our nation’s special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).