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OSEP Policy Documents Regarding the Education of Infants, Toddlers, Children and Youth with Disabilities

INDEPENDENT EDUCATION EVALUATIONS

Note: Letters issued prior to December 3, 2004, may not be consistent with the IDEA, as revised by P.L. 108-446. Letters issued prior to August 14, 2006 may not be consistent with the final regulations for Part B published on that date at 71 Federal Register 46540. Readers are advised to consult with the current statute and final regulations.

Section 607 Reports as published in the Federal Register.


January 19, 2011 to individual (personally identifiable information redacted)
Topic Addressed: Independent Educational Evaluations
Section of IDEA: Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children with Disabilities;
Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
  MS Word (31K) | PDF (78K)


Letter to Nancy J. LoDolce
December 21, 2007
Topic Addressed: Independent Educational Evaluations

Letter clarifying whether age and grade level scores, along with recommendations pertaining to specific methodologies and/or use of materials, can be included in evaluations conducted by independent educational evaluators.
  MS Word (15K) | PDF (197K)


Letter to Alice D. Parker, Ed.D.
February 20, 2004
Topic Addressed: Independent Educational Evaluations

Letter Part B—Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615—Procedural Safeguards
  MS Word (24K) | PDF (68K)


Letter to Mr. David Young
March 20, 2003
Topic Addressed: Independent Educational Evaluations

Letter clarifying that a school district's practice of maintaining and requiring a parent to use a list of qualified independent educational evaluation (IEE) examiners is not inconsistent with the parent's right to an IEE.
MS Word (55K) | PDF (108K)


Redacted letter
October 9, 2002
Topic Addressed: Independent Educational Evaluations

Letter clarifying that to avoid unreasonable charges for independent educational evaluations (IEEs) a school district may establish maximum allowable charges, but the school district must allow parents the opportunity to demonstrate that unique circumstances justify an IEE that is more expensive; and if the school district disagrees with the parents' justification, it must bring a hearing to demonstrate that the IEE did not meet the agency's cost criteria and that unique circumstances do not justify the higher rate.
  MS Word (24K) | PDF (86K)


Letter to Dr. Stephanie J. Petska
September 10, 2001
Topic Addressed: Independent Educational Evaluations

Letter regarding the qualifications that school districts may require of individuals who conduct independent educational evaluations.
MS Word (38K) | PDF (234K)

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