Requesting a Special Education Evaluation
Here is a sample parent letter that can be used as a template when requesting a special education evaluation from your school site.
Remember to keep a copy of the letter for your records. The evaluation must be completed within 60 days of receiving your written request. Within 15 days of receiving your request, the district should provide you with a copy of your procedural safeguards and its assessment plan.
Date: January 15, 2016
To: Steven Hannoy, Principal
Hope Elementary School
334 Ivy Rd.
Anytown, CA USA
Re: Grace Jones, Grade 3, Mrs. Andrew’s Class
I am writing to you because my child is experiencing difficulties in school. (Here you can list specifics). Grace continues to read below grade level. She struggles with classroom assignments and does not seem to understand the math concepts. She struggled last year and we tried some intervention strategies, but she is still having difficulties.
I am formally requesting that the school immediately begin a special education evaluation. Since this process can take up to 60 days, I would like to receive my procedural safeguards and the evaluation plan explaining the tests that may be given to my child within 15 days. Once I consent to the evaluation, I would like to be informed of when the evaluation will be scheduled.
Thank you very much for your assistance. I look forward to hearing from you and your staff.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Mrs. Jane Jones
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