ERIC Number: ED420022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Independent Evaluations: A New Twist to an Old Problem.
Smith, Robert C., Jr.; Collins, Emily
Independent evaluations are usually requested when a parent disputes the psychological evaluation of his or her child completed by school officials. These independent evaluations are comparable to a second opinion as found in other professions. However such evaluations are often fraught with problems, including qualifications of the examiner, recommendations made, and cost. This paper describes an independent evaluator agreement made between two cooperating school agencies. Problems associated with the standard method of obtaining independent evaluations are discussed. The paper describes the development of the agreement and its track record over four years, and reports on successful court cases involving the agreement. A copy of The Cooperative Agreement for Independent Psychological Evaluations (the agreement discussed) is included. The Independent Evaluator List, a form on which to list evaluators and their specialties, is also provided. (MKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual National Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (30th, Orlando, FL, April 14-18, 1998).