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

INDEPENDENT EDUCATION EVALUATIONS

Disclaimer: 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.

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Letter to Nancy J. LoDolce
December 21, 2007
Topic: 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.
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Letter to Alice D. Parker, Ed.D.
February 20, 2004
Topic: Independent Educational Evaluations
Letter Part B - Assistance for Education of All Children With Disabilities; Section 615 - Procedural Safeguards
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Letter to Mr. David Young
March 20, 2003
Topic: 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.
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Redacted letter
October 9, 2002
Topic: 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.
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Letter to Dr. Stephanie J. Petska
September 10, 2001
Topic: Independent Educational Evaluations
Letter regarding the qualifications that school districts may require of individuals who conduct independent educational evaluations.
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