Once the formal evaluation of a child has been completed, the Planning and Placement Team (PPT), including the child’s parents, will discuss the results and will determine whether the child is eligible for special education and related services.
Prior to the PPT meeting during which the evaluation results will be discussed for the first time, the parents may request the results of the assessments and evaluations. If that request is made, the district must provide the evaluation results at least three days before the PPT meeting. Also, prior to that PPT meeting, the parents may meet with a member of the PPT to discuss the PPT process and any concerns that the parents have regarding the child. Parents should fully understand the results and conclusions drawn from the evaluation, so that they may work confidently with professionals in planning services for the child.
If parents disagree with an evaluation performed by school personnel or the recommendations, they may request an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) — a second opinion — at the district’s expense, or they may choose to have another evaluation done at their own expense. Parents may, at any time, whether or not they disagree with the district’s evaluation or recommendations, opt to have an IEE performed at their own expense.