ERIC Number: ED435163
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Sep
Basics for Parents: Your Child's Evaluation.
National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.
This briefing paper reviews the special education evaluation process for children with disabilities. It discusses the purpose of an evaluation and who is involved in an evaluation. An explanation of the steps of the process includes: (1) using what is known about a child by looking at a child's school file and recent test scores; (2) collecting more information through tests, observations and opinions of professionals who have worked with the child, and using the child's medical history and parent ideas about a child's experiences, abilities, needs, and behavior; (3) deciding if a child is eligible for special education and related services; and (4) developing a child's education program. The paper explains the rights of students to an evaluation that is conducted in their native language, does not discriminate, involves trained evaluators, and uses more than one procedure. The different categories of disabilities are listed, and a list of resources for parents is provided. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disability Identification, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Eligibility, Evaluation Methods, Federal Legislation, Parent Participation, Special Education, Student Evaluation, Student Rights, Testing
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities, Washington, DC.