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2. Adds a 60-day timeline to complete initial evaluation (unless the state has an established timeline).
An initial evaluation shall consist of procedures to determine whether a child is a child with a disability (as defined in Section 602(3)) within 60 days of receiving parental consent for the evaluation, or, if the state establishes a timeframe within which the evaluation must be conducted, within such timeframe; and to determine the educational needs of such child.

The relevant timeframe above shall not apply to a local education agency (LEA) if:
  • A child enrolls in a school served by the LEA after the relevant timeframe has begun and prior to a determination by the child's previous LEA as to whether the child is a child with a disability, but only if the subsequent LEA is making sufficient progress to ensure a prompt completion of the evaluation, and the parent and subsequent LEA agree to a specific time when the evaluation will be completed; or
  • The parent of a child repeatedly fails or refuses to produce the child for the evaluation.


Dialogue Starter - Cross-stakeholder

Reaction Questions

  1. What are the benefits of adding the 60-day timeline to the IDEA 2004 statue?

  2. What might be some concerns LEAs may have in meeting the 60-day time line?

  3. How do you think the 60-day time line is related to the early intervening services provision?

Application Questions

  1. How might evaluation procedures be organized to meet the state or federal timelines?

  2. When multiple districts are involved in placements, how might the coordination between the sending and receiving districts be improved?

  3. What processes might be in place to meet the 60-day time line for parentally placed students in private schools?

  4. What might be some ways to encourage parents to support the evaluation process?

    These questions were developed by the following stakeholders working together:

    Role: Special Education Researcher
    Location: Kentucky

    Role: School Psychologist
    Location: Maryland:

    Role: Administrator
    Location: Illinois

    Role: LD Researcher
    Location: Kansas

    Role: Related Services Provider
    Location: Ohio

    Role: Parent Advocate
    Location: Maryland